Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook

Part 2: RACGP Fellowship Examinations

4. Sitting the exams

Last revised: 12 Jan 2022

Candidates who present at an examination are presumed fit to sit the examination. Marks are based solely on the performance of the candidate in the examination, and cannot be changed based on personal circumstances surrounding the examination.

If a candidate is unwell, or faces any other special circumstances that prevent them from presenting to an examination or from performing in an examination to the best of their ability, they must notify the RACGP via email to examinations@racgp.org.au as soon as possible to discuss late withdrawal options available to them.

If a candidate suddenly becomes ill during an examination, they must notify exam staff immediately to discuss options available to them.

Note: Presumption of fitness to sit applies to all candidates, regardless of any approved applications for special arrangements within an examination sitting.

On the day of the examination, it is important that candidates adhere to the following rules to ensure that delivery of the examination runs smoothly, that no candidates are disadvantaged, and to protect the integrity of the examination environment. Carefully read the information and ensure you understand what is expected of you. If you require any clarification, please contact the RACGP.

  1. Registration:

    For the AKT and KFP: it is recommended that candidates present for the examination 60 minutes prior to the scheduled examination commencement time. Registrations close 30 minutes prior to the scheduled examination commencement time. Candidates who arrive after this time will not be permitted entry into the examination and their attempt will be forfeited.

    For the CCE: candidates must log into the examination via the appropriate link 30 minutes prior to the scheduled commencement time. Candidates who present for the examination after this time will not be permitted to sit the examination and their attempt will be forfeited.

    The RACGP does not accept bad weather or traffic experienced on the way to the exam venue as valid reasons for late arrival. Candidates are therefore encouraged to plan ahead and ensure they are early for the examination.

  2. Candidates must present primary current proof of identity to exam staff when presenting for the examination. A primary proof of identity should be an original document and include a photograph.
    Accepted forms of proof of identity include:
    1. current Australian or foreign passport
    2. current Australian driver’s license (with photograph)
    3. proof of age or identity card issued by an Australian state or territory
    4. current Australian student identity card (with photograph)
    5. any other current Australian entitlement or identity card, issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government, that includes a photograph of the candidate.

    If a candidates proof of identity is in a different name to the name registered with the RACGP, contact examinations@racgp.org.au at least 48 hours in advance of the exam date. Candidates will be required to provide evidence to support their name discrepancy, and this must be pre-approved prior to the exam day.

  3. Personal items: For the AKT and KFP, candidates must present all mobile phones and other personal belongings at the point of registration. These personal belongings will be securely stored by exam staff until the examination concludes and candidates are released from the examination.
    Candidates may be asked to pat themselves down (eg along the arms, legs and waistline) to show that there is nothing hidden on their body. Candidates may also be asked to empty any pockets for the purposes of allowing exam staff to verify that nothing is in them. Failure to comply with these requests may be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

For the AKT and KFP:

  • Up to two clear, colourless water bottles.
  • Earplugs; however, candidates must ensure they can hear announcements made by exam staff.

Candidates must not bring the following items into the AKT, KFP or CCE (face to face) exam room:

  • Pens (these are provided by the RACGP in all examinations)
  • Watches of any type or description
  • Writing paper, notes, books and notebooks, computers, calculators or any recording or electronic devices
  • Food or beverages other than water (unless special arrangements have been granted)
  • Any other personal belongings.

CCE candidates completing the remote/ online portion of their exam may use a pen and blank paper for note taking and may have their phone with them on silent in case contact with the College is required.

Candidates who bring a prohibited item into the exam room will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

At RACGP arranged venues:

  • Candidates will be provided with paper to take notes during the examination.
  • Candidates must leave all paper in the exam venue after completing the examination.

For remote examinations:

  • Candidates may bring their own blank paper and pen into the examination.
  • Notes must be torn up at the end of each exam case.

Candidates who fail to comply with these rules will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Candidates must obey all instructions on exam materials or given by exam staff.

During an examination, candidates 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
  • look at another candidate’s computer screen or exam paper for any purpose
  • permit any other candidate to read or copy from their computer screen or exam paper
  • disturb the examination proceedings in any other way.

If a candidate needs to leave the room during an examination, they must be escorted by an invigilator/supervisor or examiner. Candidates will not be re-admitted into the exam room, unless an invigilator supervises the candidates during the period of absence from the exam room.

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

All RACGP exam materials are confidential. Candidates are required to maintain exam confidentiality, and to not disclose confidential information, including details of exam questions and cases even after sitting the examination and the release of results.

By enrolling in an examination, candidates agree to the following rules:

  • To not disclose confidential RACGP exam material with any peers, colleagues, external groups, companies or entities
  • To not disclose confidential RACGP exam material on any social media platform

Any breach of these rules will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

As per the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policycandidates are permitted to enrol in Fellowship examinations in up to six semesters over a maximum of three years, subject to granted periods of leave or suspension. If a candidate does not attend an exam in which they are enrolled (without having their withdrawal from the exam sanctioned by the RACGP), the exam attempt is still recognised. For example, a candidate enrolled and sat the 2019.1 and 2019.2 AKT, and enrolled but did not attend the 2020.1 AKT. The RACGP recognises three attempts at the AKT.

A candidate may apply for a special exemption to have their withdrawal sanctioned by the RACGP, by submitting the Special Exemption Application Form to education.appeals@racgp.org.au. If granted, their non-attendance at the exam will not be considered as an exam attempt. Applications for special exemption are considered on a case-by-case basis, and granted at the RACGP’s discretion.

Regardless of whether the non-attendance at an exam is counted as an exam attempt, if a candidate sat another exam within that same semester their exam candidacy cannot be suspended. To continue the example above, a candidate does not attend the 2020.1 AKT but does go on to sit the 2020.1 KFP. Even if their non-attendance at the 2020.1 AKT was then sanctioned, the RACGP cannot suspend their exam candidacy for the 2020.1 semester. This is because they have sat the KFP in that same semester.

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