AKT Exam

Applied Knowledge Test

For full information, please refer to the RCGP webiste.

The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) forms part of the MRCGP. It is a summative assessment of the knowledge base that underpins independent general practice in the United Kingdom within the context of the National Health Service. Trainees who pass this assessment will have demonstrated their competence in applying knowledge at a level which is sufficiently high for independent practice.

The AKT is a computer-based test of three hours and ten minutes duration comprising 200 question items. It is delivered three times a year at 150 Pearson VUE professional testing centres across the UK.

Approximately 80% of question items will be on clinical medicine, 10% on critical appraisal and evidence based clinical practice and 10% on health informatics and administrative issues.

All questions address important issues relating to UK general practice and focus mainly on higher order problem solving rather than just the simple recall of basic facts.

The AKT can be taken during or after the ST2 stage of GP training. A maximum number of four attempts will be permitted for those who have entered GP Specialty Training on or after 1 August 2010.

The AKT is also available to practitioners on GP Induction and Refresher (I&R) schemes.

You must bring the following two identification documents to the test centre:

  • A current valid passport or UK photo card driving licence as photographic ID
  • A current credit or debit card showing your name and signature as secondary ID

The names shown on the identification documents MUST MATCH EXACTLY with the names you used when submitting your application to the RCGP. If the names are different (for example, one is your maiden name and one your married name) then you must also bring an original official document that links the two names (for example, a marriage certificate). If you have any doubts, please contact the RCGP well BEFORE the exam date so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

If you fail to bring the required identification documents, you will not be permitted to take the test. This causes unnecessary distress and can be avoided by planning ahead.

The result of your test will published in your ePortfolio on the date given to you by the {RCGP} when you applied for the exam.

If you are unsuccessful and wish to retake the AKT, you will need to complete a new application during the next booking period. If you have a disability, you will need to declare this again to make sure appropriate adjustments are made each time.

For full information, please refer to the RCGP webiste, where you will find a list of exam dates and a link to the online application for applying for the exam.