As per the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy, candidates 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.