Exam Support Program overview


The RACGP offers support to all Fellowship exam candidates.

The Exam Support Program brings themes and components of individual feedback into enhanced resources that are available for all candidates.

Resources are available below, and include:

  • Exam Support Online, available on gplearning:
    • Activity 1 - Preparing a learning plan
    • Activity 2 - Study skills
    • Activity 3 - Conducting case-based discussions
  • Exam Support Program, available on gplearning:
    • Overview of the RACGP Fellowship exams
    • Preparing for the RACGP Fellowship exams
    • The Key Feature Problem (KFP) – Part A: An overview
    • The Key Feature Problem (KFP) – Part B: How to approach exam questions
    • The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) – Part A: An Overview
    • The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) – Part B: How to approach exam questions
  • Introduction to the RACGP Clinical Competency Exam for Candidates, available on gplearning
  • Enhanced results statements, showing performance in each domain of the Clinical Competency Exam (CCE).
  • Public exam reports: include an overview of the exam, pass marks, candidate performance and psychometrics for each exam semester
  • Examination guide: provides an overview of the exam segments and advice on preparation, information on marking, standard setting and results
  • Exam preparation courses
  • Clinical Competency Exam resources: developed by the National Assessment Advisor for the exam

Previously, candidates who were unsuccessful after three attempts at an exam segment received individual feedback and were required to show just cause as to why they should continue in the exams, and candidates were required to undertake remediation after six unsuccessful attempts. Moving forward, the RACGP is providing all available resources to all exam candidates and is removing the restrictions that only allowed candidates to access enhanced learning support after multiple unsuccessful attempts.

Accessing the resources

The new Exam Support Program resources are available on the Exam Support Resources page.

Frequently asked questions

All the RACGP’s exam support resources will now be available to all exam candidates before their first attempt. The RACGP is no longer holding resources in reserve for candidates who have been unsuccessful in multiple attempts.

To provide all exam candidates with targeted support in a sustainable and educationally sound manner. It is hoped this change will allow more candidates to be successful on their first attempts at the RACGP Fellowship exams.

The new Exam Support Program is effective from the 2019.1 exam cycle

All current and future exam candidates will benefit from the contents of the Exam Support Online Program.

The RACGP’s major support resources are no longer restricted to those who have been unsuccessful in the Fellowship exams multiple times

No, all RACGP-produced resources in the Exam Support Program are free to access for RACGP members.

If you have a problem on the day of the examination, you need to submit an incident report at the time, or as soon as possible after the exam. Incident reports should be submitted for any problems in the way the exam was run or delivered, any problems with the wording of the questions, or if you believe you have discovered an error in the exam.

The AKT is a multiple-choice exam and is automatically marked by computer. Your answers to the questions cannot be changed, even if you believe there was a mistake in the exam. In some cases, a question may be reviewed, altered or removed after the examination. In this case, the alteration applies to all candidates equally and you do not need to request this.

The KFP consists of both multiple choice and write-in questions. The multiple-choice questions are auto marked in the same way as the KFP, and your answers cannot be altered. Each write-in question is marked by trained GPs, and each question is marked by a single examiner. This means that your exam has been marked by many different GPs, and there is no facility for a single person to re-mark your exam. The marking process is also quality tested and assured at multiple points. It’s important you write your answers to be as clear and understandable as possible.


The Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) is marked by different examiners in every station, meaning every candidate will be examined by nine or more examiners. Although the task within each case is specific, candidates are rated on a range of components of the consultation. The assessments of many examiners are combined to produce the final rating.

To safeguard our exam questions, maintain academic integrity and minimise exam costs, we do not review individual questions and answers with candidates. However, the common themes and mistakes made by many candidates will be reviewed in the public exam report.