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Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook

Part 2: RACGP Fellowship examinations

Sitting the exam

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Last revised: 20 Mar 2024

Sitting the exam

Presumption of fitness to sit

Candidates who present to an exam are presumed to be fit to sit the exam. Marks are based solely on your performance in the exam and can’t be changed based on personal circumstances surrounding the exam.

Presumption of fitness to sit applies to all candidates, regardless of any approved applications for special arrangements. If you’re unwell or face any other extenuating and unforeseen circumstances that prevent you from presenting to the exam or from performing in the exam to the best of your ability, you must notify the RACGP via email at examinations@racgp.org.au as soon as possible to discuss late withdrawal options.

If you suddenly become ill during an exam, you must notify the exam staff immediately to discuss available options.


On the day of the exam

Please follow the rules outlined in this section to ensure that:

  • delivery of the exam runs smoothly
  • no candidates are disadvantaged
  • the integrity of the exam environment is protected.
Carefully read the information below and ensure you understand what is expected of you. If you require any clarification, please contact the RACGP via email at examinations@racgp.org.au.


For the AKT and KFP, arrive at the exam venue 60 minutes before the scheduled commencement time. Registrations close 30 minutes before the scheduled commencement time. If you arrive after this time, you won’t be permitted entry into the exam and your attempt will be forfeited.

We will not accept bad weather or traffic experienced on the way to the exam venue as valid reasons for late arrival. We encourage you to plan ahead and ensure you are early for the exam.

For the CCE, log in to the exam using the appropriate link 30 minutes before the scheduled commencement time. If you log in after this time, you won’t be permitted to sit the exam and your attempt will be forfeited.


You must present a primary proof of identity that is original, current (not expired) and includes a photograph. Accepted identity documents include:

  • Australian or foreign passport
  • Australian driver’s licence
  • a proof of age or identity card issued by an Australian state or territory
  • Australian student identity card
  • any other current Australian entitlement or identity card, issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government.

IMPORTANT

Please note:

  • Digital proof of identity (for example, digital driver’s licences) will not be accepted.
  • If the first or last name on your identity document is different to the name you entered on your enrolment form, you must notify the RACGP by sending an email to examinations@racgp.org.au at least 48 hours before the exam date. You’ll need to provide evidence of the name change as requested by the RACGP, and this must be approved before the exam day.


For the AKT and KFP, you’re permitted to bring the following items into the exam room without an approved special arrangement. The invigilator will instruct you where to place them for the duration of the exam; you’ll be able to retrieve your belongings once you are released from the exam.


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 odours is not permitted. Food should be placed in a clear zip lock bag.
  • Water in up to two 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 a case with a cleaning cloth)
  • 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
  • Cushion
  • Lip balm
  • Pen grip
  • Earplugs - 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 (even if not mandated by state/venue).
All items must be reviewed at registration and may not be allowed in the exam if they don’t meet the requirements.

AKT and KFP
You are not permitted to bring the following items into the AKT or KFP 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 phone
  • a watch 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
  • earmuffs or earplugs that are 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.

Personal belongings will be securely stored by staff until the exam concludes and you are released from the exam.

You may be asked to pat yourself down (eg along the arms, legs and waistline) to show that you are not concealing banned items. You may also be asked to turn out your pockets so exam staff can verify that they are empty.

If you don’t comply with these rules you’ll be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.


CCE

CCE candidates may use a pen and blank paper to take notes and may have their phone with them on silent in case they need to be in contact with the RACGP.


IMPORTANT

You must not record the exam or its content in any form. Failure to comply with this request will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.


At RACGP-arranged venues, you will be provided with note-taking materials to use during the exam. These must be left in the exam room after you have finished the exam.

For the CCE, you may use your own blank paper and pen. Notes must be torn up at the end of each exam case.

If you don’t comply with these rules you’ll be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.


You must follow all written instructions on the exam materials and verbal instructions given by the exam staff.

During an exam, you must not:

  • smoke in the venue
  • disturb any other candidate (eg mumbling, talking)
  • communicate with or help any other candidate
  • accept assistance from any other candidate or person in the room
  • look at another candidate’s computer screen or exam paper for any purpose
  • permit any other candidate to read or copy from your computer screen or exam paper
  • disturb the exam proceedings in any other way
  • record the exam or its contents in any form.

Failure to comply with these requests will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.


If you need to leave the room during an exam, you must be escorted by an invigilator. You won’t be re-admitted into the exam room unless an invigilator supervises you while you are out of the exam room.

During the AKT and KFP, you must not leave the exam room during the first 30 minutes or the last 15 minutes of the exam.


Exam confidentiality

All exam materials are confidential. The exam questions and cases must remain confidential and not be disclosed after the exam.

By enrolling in an exam, you agree that you will not disclose confidential exam material to peers, colleagues, external groups, companies or entities, or on any social media platform.

If you breach confidentiality you’ll be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Non-attendance at an exam

If you don’t attend an exam in which you’re enrolled, this is regarded as an unsanctioned withdrawal.

You may apply to the RACGP for a special exemption to have your non-attendance approved as a sanctioned withdrawal. Send a completed Special exemption application form to education.appeals@racgp.org.au. Applications for special exemption are considered on a case-by-case basis and granted at the RACGP’s discretion.

 

This event attracts CPD points and can be self recorded

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