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I am eligible for the PEP


Frequently asked questions


The PEPEA is a three-hour assessment which comprises clinical applied knowledge questions and Situational Judgement Test (SJT) questions. There are 100 questions on the PEPEA.

It is a requirement to pass the PEPEA before progressing into the next step of the program.


The information provided in the 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.

Eligible candidates will be advised via email with instructions about how to enrol in and pay for the PEPEA.


To be exempt from the PEPEA, an applicant must be either:

  1. a current training organisation or AGPT registrar who has completed all training terms and has exhausted their training time.
  2. a previous training organisation or AGPT registrar who has completed all training terms and was withdrawn within the three years of the expected start date in PEP.

For more information refer to the PEP Standard Stream Entry Policy - clause 6.6.


Situational Judgement Test (SJT) questions aim to assess candidate’s judgement in a range of professional scenarios, often with a focus on ethical, moral, legal issues and professionalism. These questions seek to assess your reasoning in these scenarios.


When enrolments open, eligible candidates will receive a link to access the PEPEA enrolment page where they will be able to enrol and pay the assessment fee. After payment has been confirmed, candidates are redirected to enrol to their preferred assessment time. The PEPEA is delivered remotely and candidates can sit in their home, workplace or other suitable locations.


Please refer to About the PEP for a list of dates when you can sit the PEPEA.


The PEPEA is delivered remotely, and candidates can elect to sit the test in any suitable location such as their home or workplace.


The PEP entry assessment, is a similar exam to the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) candidate assessment and applied knowledge test (CAAKT). Although the standard is set at different levels, both assessments test situational knowledge and applied knowledge, therefore candidates seeking advice on PEP entry assessment preparation will benefit from referring to CAAKT documentation.


Your PEPEA pass will be valid for 12 months from the date results are released. If you do not start the PEP in that time, you may need to attempt the PEPEA again.


Applicants cannot sit consecutive PEPEAs; ie you cannot sit the PEPEA immediately following an unsuccessful attempt. You will be required to submit a new PEP application and enrol in the PEPEA aligned with that application period.


All the information related to your online PEPEA can be found at the following link: online selection test.


Note-taking is not required during the assessment. You are not permitted to use pen and paper or any other note-taking devices during the assessment. Any breach of exam rules may be reviewed under the RACGP Educational Misconduct Policy.


One toilet break of no longer than five minutes is allowed during your assessment; 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 Educational Misconduct Policy.


You’re allowed to have a glass or bottle of water on your desk during the assessment, but these should be clear with no writing or labels. No other food or drink items are permitted. Any breach of exam rules may be reviewed under the RACGP Educational Misconduct Policy.


You will receive your Program Agreement and Term 1 invoice approximately one month before you are due to commence in the PEP.

Prior to signing your Program Agreement you are required to become a member of the RACGP. You 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 an RTO / RVTS based on your geolocation and RTO /RVTS capacity.


If the above FAQs have not answered your question/s, please contact us at pepadmin@racgp.org.au