Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook

Part 1: RACGP National entry assessment

Withdrawing from the test

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Last revised: 22 May 2023

Withdrawing from the test

The RACGP understands that you may need to withdraw from a test in which you’re enrolled. To withdraw from the CAAKT, you must email

If you wish to withdraw from the CAAKT, please note that:

  • your enrolment can't be transferred to a future sitting of the test. This includes transfer of the enrolment fee. You must enrol again if you wish to sit the CAAKT at a future date.
  • confirmed enrolments can’t be transferred to another applicant.
  • the enrolment fee may not be refunded.

Refund of enrolment fee

You may be eligible for a refund of your enrolment fee when you withdraw from the test.

The refund schedule is as follows.

Request for withdrawal received Refund
  • at least 48 hours before the scheduled test date

Full refund of enrolment fee

  • less than 48 hours before the scheduled test date

No refund (except for extenuating and unforeseen circumstances)

Extenuating and unforeseen circumstances

If you withdraw within 48 hours of the scheduled test, you may apply for an exemption to the refund schedule on the grounds of extenuating and unforeseen circumstances.

Extenuating and unforeseen circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis, but must relate to circumstances that were unforeseen, outside your control, and that can be shown to have a direct and significant impact on your ability to sit the test, for example:

  • ill-health (other than minor illnesses)
  • carer’s leave
  • bereavement
  • acute adverse life circumstances
  • hospitalisation
  • Australian Defence Force deployment leave
  • other significant changes to your circumstances.

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis. We take into consideration any costs already incurred by the RACGP when determining any refund amount. Some applications may receive a partial refund.

To apply for an exemption, send a completed Special exemption application form to with relevant supporting documentation. Supporting documents must be from appropriate professionals, provided that the person issuing or signing the document is not a family member, close associate or colleague of the candidate, or a candidate in the same test.

Exemption for COVID-19

If you need to apply for an exemption because you have contracted COVID-19, you must provide a medical certificate and evidence of a positive PCR test with your special exemption application. Rapid antigen tests (RATs) will not be accepted.

Change to medical registration

You must inform the RACGP if there are any changes to your medical registration by sending an email to This includes any restrictions, conditions, limitations, reprimands, supervision requirements, tribunal outcomes, suspensions, undertakings, and/or other addenda on your medical registration, whether in Australia or overseas. Failure to do so will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Candidates will be withdrawn from the CAAKT if they no longer meet the test eligibility requirements.


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