I am eligible for the PEP

Frequently asked questions

This is a three-hour assessment that includes clinical applied knowledge questions, and situational judgement test questions. There are 100 questions on the PEPEA.

You must pass the PEPEA before progressing into the next step of the program.

The information in your PEP application is used to assess eligibility for both the PEPEA and the PEP. The application must be submitted during the application period and all requests for further information must be addressed.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be advised via email with instructions about how to enrol in and pay for the PEPEA.

To be exempt from the PEPEA, you must be either:

  • a current training organisation or Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) registrar who has completed all training terms and finished their training time
  • a previous training organisation or AGPT registrar who has completed all training terms and was withdrawn within the three years of the expected start date in the PEP.

For more information, you can refer to the PEP Standard Stream Entry Policy clause 6.6.

These aim to assess your judgement in a range of professional scenarios, often with a focus on professionalism and ethical, moral and legal issues. SJT questions are designed to assess your reasoning in these scenarios.

If you’re eligible, you’ll receive a link directing you to enrol and pay the assessment fee. After payment has been confirmed, you can enrol in your preferred assessment time. The PEPEA is delivered remotely and you can sit the test in your home, workplace, or wherever suits you.

You can refer to About the PEP for a list of dates.

The PEPEA is delivered in test centres in most capital cities in Australia.

The PEPEA is a similar exam to the AGPT Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT). Although the standard is set at different levels, both assessments test situational knowledge and applied knowledge, so candidates looking for advice on PEPEA preparation will benefit from referring to CAAKT documentation.

Twelve months from the date results are released. If you don’t start the PEP in that time, you might need to attempt the PEPEA again.

You can’t sit consecutive PEPEAs; that is, you can’t sit the PEPEA immediately following an unsuccessful attempt. You’ll be required to submit a new PEP application and enrol in the PEPEA aligned with that application period.

After you have enrolled, you will receive a confirmation email outlining what you need to know regarding your arrival time, identification required and permitted items in the exam room. If you have further queries after receiving this email, please email selection@racgp.org.au.

Note-taking isn’t required during the assessment, so you’re not permitted to use pen and paper or any other note-taking devices.

Any breach of exam rules may be reviewed under the RACGP Academic Misconduct Policy.

One toilet break of no longer than five minutes is allowed, but it’s important you know that the assessment won’t be paused in this break and no additional time will be granted. Your session will also continue to be recorded during this break.

Any breach of exam rules may be reviewed under the RACGP Academic Misconduct Policy.

You’re allowed to have a glass or bottle of water on your desk, but these should be clear with no writing or labels. No other food or drink is permitted.

Any breach of exam rules may be reviewed under the RACGP Academic Misconduct Policy.

Approximately one month before you are due to commence in the Practice Experience Program (PEP).

Before you sign your Program Agreement, you’re required to become a member of the RACGP. You also need to pay your invoice for Term 1 and accept the terms of your Program Agreement to secure your place in the program.

Following this, you will be assigned to a Regional Training Organisation (RTO) or Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) based on your geolocation and RTO/RVTS capacity.

We’re always here to help, so you can email pepadmin@racgp.org.au if these FAQs have not answered your question/s.