2023.2 AKT and KFP information for candidates

2023.2 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and Key Feature Problem (KFP) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The latest information is below.

Last updated: 28 April 2023

Exam delivery information

More information regarding exam delivery will be updated soon.

No. The AKT will run in the morning of Friday 7 July 2023 and the KFP will run in the morning of Saturday 8 July 2023.

The 2023.2 AKT has a duration of 4 hours.

The 2023.2 KFP has a duration of 4 hours.

The 2023.2 AKT and KFP will be held in COVID-safe venues in capital cities and a limited number of regional locations. Exam locations for the 2023.2 AKT and KFP are listed on the RACGP website.

When candidates enrol into an exam, you will be able to select the location you would like to sit your exam. If you are sitting both AKT and KFP you will sit both exams at the same location. Some venues can only accommodate a set number of candidates and numbers will be capped accordingly. If your selected location reaches capacity, the RACGP will contact you directly regarding your venue allocation options. No specific venue allocation is guaranteed or should be presumed before we confirm with you. Some venues may require a minimum number of candidates in order to run.

All enrolled candidates will receive an exam venue confirmation email approximately four weeks before the exam. You are advised to wait until your venue has been confirmed before making travel arrangements.

No. Unfortunately, we are unable to change your exam venue once you have received your confirmed venue allocation.

Refer to the Assessments Special Arrangements Policy and the RACGP Examinations Special Arrangements Guidance Document.

The deadline for special arrangements applications is 30 business days prior to the scheduled exam date. Any special arrangements applications must be received by:

  • Friday 26 May 2023 for the 2023.2 AKT exam
  • Monday 29 May 2023 for the 2023.2 KFP exam

Candidates are permitted to bring the following items into the exam room without an approved special arrangement:

Medicine and medical devices

  • Medication – if in original pack
    • EpiPens
    • inhaler
    • simple analgesia
    • prescription medications where doses are required during the exam time
    • insulin
  • Diabetes / blood glucose monitoring devices or insulin pumps. You can bring your blood glucose monitor as well as your insulin to help maintain your blood sugar levels. If your phone is required, it must be on flight mode with all sounds disabled and must be placed on your desk in view of the invigilators.
  • Eye drops
  • Ear drops
  • Nasal spray
  • Hearing aids

Food and water

  • A small amount of food such as a muesli bar or lollies. Please note the food must be of a type that creates minimal disruption to other candidates and minimal noise when consumed (no plastic wrappers). Hot food or food with nuts or strong odour is not permitted. Food should be in a clear zip lock bag.
  • Water in up to two (2) clear, colourless plastic bottles – the bottles can’t have any writing on them, labels must be removed, and you should place these bottles on the floor or beside your chair only (not on your desk) during the exam

Comfort aids

  • Prescription / reading glasses (can be in case with cleaning cloth)
  • Lip balm
  • Feminine hygiene products – in plain, unlabelled packaging and placed in a clear zip lock bag
  • Tissues – a small pack in their original packaging
  • Hand towel
  • Ear plugs – disposable foam earplugs in their original, sealed packaging only. If you choose to use earplugs, it’s your responsibility to ensure you can hear any announcements the invigilator makes.
  • Face mask (if not mandatory by state/venue)
  • Pen grip
  • Cushion
All items must be reviewed at registration and may not be allowed in the exam if they don’t meet the requirements. Ear plugs and tissues will be provided at all venues.

Candidates are not permitted to bring the following items into the exam room:

  • Pens, pencils, or other writing devices or stationery of any kind (pens will be provided in all examinations)
  • Paper including blank notepaper, notes, books or notebooks
  • Mobile phones
  • Watches of any type or description
  • Timing or recording devices, calculators, computers, iPads, iPods, tablets, organisers or electronic devices of any type
  • Electronic or active earplugs or headphones, ear muffs or earplugs not in their original sealed packaging
  • Non-religious headwear, hats or hooded jackets/jumpers/tops
  • Any bags or other personal belongings. Your invigilator will advise where to place your belongings.
Check that you don’t have any of these items on you before you start your exam.

You need to bring photo identification (ID) to your exam. This must be a current (not expired), original document. Digital IDs (IDs on a mobile phone app), scans or copies are not accepted. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • passport
  • Australian driver’s licence
  • proof-of-age or identity card issued by an Australian state or territory
  • Australian student identity card
  • any other Australian entitlement or identity card issued by the Australian Federal Government or a state/territory government that includes a photograph.
The name on your ID must match your name in our records. If your ID doesn’t match our records, contact examinations@racgp.org.au at least 48 hours before your scheduled exam time. Middle names are not considered, only first and last names. If we can’t confirm your identity before your exam, you may not be permitted to sit.



Exam results, marking and dates

Tuesday 2 May 2023 Enrolments for the 2023.2 AKT and KFP close at 11:59pm (AEST)
Friday 12 May 2023 Deadline for late enrolment requests ($100 request fee)
Friday 26 May 2023 Deadline for AKT special arrangements applications
Monday 29 May 2023 Deadline for KFP special arrangements applications
Friday 2 June 2023 Access to AKT and KFP online practice exams opens
Friday 9 June 2023 Deadline for AKT withdrawals to receive a fee refund 
Monday 12 June 2023 Deadline for KFP withdrawals to receive a fee refund
Friday 7 July 2023 2023.2 AKT exam day
Saturday 8 July 2023 2023.2 KFP exam day
TBC 2023.2 AKT results release
Thursday 14 September 2023 2023.2 KFP results release

The 2023.2 AKT will be held on Friday 7 July and will begin at 11:00 am in each Australian time zone.

The 2023.2 KFP will be held on Saturday 8 July and will begin at 11:00 am in each Australian time zone.

Results release dates are published online on the RACGP website.

You can access your exam results and assessment statement by logging in to the RACGP website on the date the results are published. From 2022.2 onward, the AKT and KFP pass marks will not be published on the RACGP website or provided to candidates. You’ll receive your results as a Pass or Fail mark, along with the score band (ranging from F4 – P4). P1 is the first band above the pass mark, and P4 is the highest band. F1 is first band below the pass mark, and F4 is the lowest band. Individual scores are not provided. This is in line with recent changes to how results are provided for the CCE.

The AKT is auto-marked. For the KFP, multiple-choice questions are auto-marked and written responses are marked by our examiners, who are trained Fellows of the RACGP. The pass mark for each AKT and KFP is determined by actively practicing Fellows who set the standard for each exam, using an internationally recognised standard setting methodology. For more information about marking and standard setting, refer to the AKT and KFP examination guide.

The 2023 exam dates are published on our website.


Enrolment, eligibility and candidacy

Enrolments for the 2023.2 AKT and KFP exams closed at 11.59pm (AEST) on Tuesday 2 May 2023.

Make sure you record the correct date in your calendar.

Late enrolment requests are only accepted within 10 calendar days of the enrolment deadline. Late enrolment requests must be received before 11.59pm (AEST) on Friday 12 May and will attract an additional administration fee of $100 per exam. No late enrolments requests will be accepted after this date.

Refer to Part 2: RACGP Fellowship Examinations, Section 3 Withdrawing from an examination of the Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook.

If you request to withdraw from the AKT by Friday 9 June 2023 or the KFP by Monday 12 June 2023 (more than 20 business days before the scheduled exam), you will receive a refund of the enrolment fee, minus a $100 withdrawal fee per exam segment.

If you request to withdraw after these dates (less than 20 business days before the scheduled exam date), you will not receive a fee refund.

Check your eligibility criteria on the policy framework.

The RACGP audits all exam enrolments to ensure candidates are eligible to sit the Fellowship examinations and provides enrolment information to all RTOs for the purposes of validating eligibility. If you are found to not meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically withdrawn from the exam segment and will be subject to a $100 withdrawal fee per exam segment.

Remember, you must tell us of any restrictions, conditions, suspensions and/or undertakings on your medical registration as soon as possible. This will help us support you appropriately on your journey to Fellowship.

Subject to the limitations of the Fellowship Exams Policy (AGPT, RVTS and FSP candidates) or the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy (GPE pathway candidates), you can suspend your candidacy in any semester in which you do not sit an exam. If you sit the 2023.2 KFP, the 2023.2 AKT, or the 2023.2 CCE, you cannot suspend the 2023.2 semester.



Exam evaluation

Evaluation of the AKT and KFP exams is guided by the RACGP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Following the exam/s, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback about your experience via a survey link you will receive by email. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback. All feedback gathered is confidential (see the RACGP Privacy Policy). The findings are used to inform quality assurance and continuous improvement initiatives, as well as identifying positive aspects of exam delivery, thereby ensuring processes for future exams are of the highest quality.



KFP Exam Information

From 2023.2 onwards there will be no drug doses required within the KFP, though candidates may still be required to provide route of administration or frequency of administration.