Online selection test

Information for candidates

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, both the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT) and the Practice Experience Program Entry Assessment (PEPEA) will be delivered online during 2020. Both the CAAKT and the PEPEA will be delivered using a live online proctoring service that allows candidates to complete their assessment in a suitable location of their choosing with internet connection, such as their home.

If you are completing the CAAKT or the PEPEA, we want you to be prepared for your online assessment, so please read the information below carefully.

When you have completed your enrolment for the CAAKT or the PEPEA, you will receive a booking confirmation email with the details of your scheduled appointment. This will contain a test URL, a username and password which you will use to access the online test.

In order to sit the test, you will need a high-speed internet connection, a webcam (internal or external) and Windows or Apple operating system. Please update your browser to the latest version and download the extension available for Chrome or for Firefox.

Visit the Test It Out website to run an automatic test of your computer equipment prior to your proctoring session, to ensure that your set-up at your chosen location meets the technical requirements.

Please note that the following are not supported and cannot be used to complete the test:

  • Google Chromebooks (supported for G Suite Certifications and G Suite Administrator exams)
  • Tablets (Nexus, iPad, Tab, Note, etc.)
  • Linux operating systems
  • Windows 10 in S mode or Surface RT
  • No running inside a virtual machine. You will be asked to reconnect using your host operating system to take your exam

Public locations (such as libraries) and office buildings with sophisticated firewalls are not suitable locations to sit your test due to network restrictions.

You are required to have an accepted identification document available for presentation to your proctor via webcam on the day of your test. This must be a current (not expired) original document which includes a photograph. Accepted identification documents are as follows:

  • Passport
  • Australian driver’s licence
  • Australian student identity card
  • Australian entitlement or identity card, issued by the Commonwealth or a State or Territory Government

Your first name and last name must match exactly with the identification document that you present on the day of your test. If the details do not match, please contact the RACGP on 1800 472 247 at least 48 hours ahead of your scheduled test start time as you may be denied entry to the test and forfeit your test fee. 

You are required to ensure the following before your scheduled test time:

  • Have an accepted form of ID ready
  • Be located in a private, well-lit room with no one else around you. 
  • Clear your desk of all materials.
  • Close all third-party programs and unplug any secondary monitors. 
  • Remove any non-religious head coverings. 
  • Download the ProctorU extension for either Chrome or Firefox.

You should ensure that you have plenty of time available on the day of the assessment, as it is usual for the start-up process to take some time.

It is important that you are logged in to the test URL provided in your booking confirmation at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time. If you log in more than 15 minutes later than your scheduled start time, you will not be able to sit the test and forfeit your test fee.

Once logged in, a countdown clock will inform you how much time remains until you can begin the start-up process.

There has been high demand on our third party exam vendor’s services, so there may also be a waiting period of up to 45 minutes until you connect to a proctor. This does not count as part of your assessment time. Once you have been connected and guided through the start-up process, you will begin with your full assessment time.


If you are waiting to connect to a proctor for longer than 45 minutes please stay online and phone 03 8699 0023 for assistance.

When you launch your assessment, you will go through a startup process which will take approximately 10-15 minutes. The startup process will include the following steps.

  1. If you don’t already have the ProctorU extension, you’ll be prompted to download it.
  2. You will be required to accept the exam guidelines and terms of service before proceeding.
  3. The browser will prompt you to share your screen – this is a required part of being proctored online.
  4. You will be automatically guided through a series of equipment checks to make sure your system meets minimum requirements.
  5. Using your webcam, you will be required to take a photo of yourself as well as your accepted identification document for identity verification purposes.
  6. You will be prompted to download and run a LogMeIn Rescue applet file that will bring up a chat box allowing you to chat with your proctor. If prompted, be sure to click “open” or “allow” to give the file permission to run. When the chat box says “waiting,” it means that you are in the queue waiting for your proctor. If your status shows “waiting,” do not re-download the applet file as that will put you back at the end of the queue.
  7. Your proctor will greet you and confirm that you passed your identity verification steps.
  8. Your proctor will ask to take remote control of your mouse and keyboard via the LogMeIn Rescue applet in order to make sure no unpermitted programs are running. You will be able to see everything that your proctor is doing during this step, and it is impossible for them to access any files without your knowledge. 
  9. Your proctor will ask you to show the 4 walls of your room as well as your desk space via your webcam. You may or may not also be asked to show your computer monitor. If you are unable to move your webcam, you may ask your proctor to use your phone to take a video of the room which can then be shown to the proctor via your webcam. 
  10. Your proctor will make sure your mobile phone is out of reach.
  11. Your proctor will then direct you into your test delivery system so that they can unlock your assessment. 
  12. Your proctor will release control of your computer and you’ll begin your assessment when you’re ready. Your webcam view and your screen will be recorded through the duration of your assessment.

The following actions and behaviours are not permitted during a proctored test:

  1. Talking aloud: Talking or whispering aloud during the assessment is not permitted.
  2. Being out of camera view: Your face, chin to forehead, needs to be in the camera view at all times.
  3. Anyone entering your testing area: You may not have anyone else in your testing location with you.
  4. Anyone talking to you while you’re in your testing area: Additional noises, including other people talking to you, while you’re in your exam are not allowed.
  5. Looking off-screen:Your eyes should stay on the screen at all times while testing.
  6. Utilizing materials during the test:You are not permitted to use any materials, such as textbooks or reference guides, during the test.
  7. Taking pictures or screenshots of the test: Taking pictures while in the online assessment, including screenshots, is not permitted.
  8. Copying and pasting any elements of the test: The system will not allow you to copy and paste any content from your test. The system will capture all events of copy and paste that are attempted. 
  9. Utilizing a virtual machine:Virtual machines can be detected through the pre-test system check, and are not permitted. 
  10. Utilizing a secondary monitor: You are only allowed to use one monitor attached to one computer during your test.
  11. Note-taking: 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 

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.

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.

  1. Alert the proctor when finished BEFORE submitting: Prior to submitting your assessment, let your proctor know through the chat box that you’re finished. They will oversee the submission process.
  2. Log out of your test site and browser:Your proctor must observe you log out of the test website and close out of all browser tabs. 
  3. Close out of the chat box:This will end your chat session.

While every effort is made to ensure that all assessments run smoothly and without incident, circumstances beyond the control of the RACGP may occasionally arise.

If you encounter an incident during the assessment that is not resolved by your proctor, you must contact the RACGP on 03 8699 0023 to receive assistance. If you believe an incident has had a significant effect upon your performance once the assessment is complete, please email the details to before 5pm AEST the next business day following your assessment. Incidents reported after this deadline will not be considered.