Policy update notice: RACGP Assessments and Examinations – 27 July 2020


27 July 2020

Notice of RACGP policy update

This notice is to advise that the RACGP has updated policy regarding the delivery of RACGP Assessments and Examinations. The new RACGP Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook, RACGP Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy, and associated guidance documents and forms will come into effect for the 2021.1 assessments and examinations, including the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT), Practice Experience Program Entry Assessment (PEPEA), Applied Knowledge Test (AKT), Key Feature Problem (KFP) and Remote Clinical Exam (RCE).

The current Fellowship Exams Candidate Handbook and RACGP Examinations Special Consideration Policy will remain in effect until the conclusion of the 2020.2 semester.

What has changed?

There have been a number of changes to the policy. Please see the below table :

Change

Rationale

Implications

The current Fellowship Exams Candidate Handbook applies only to the Fellowship exams (ie. AKT, KFP and OSCE). The scope of the Handbook has been broadened to also cover the entry assessments (ie. CAAKT and PEPEA), and updated in light of recent changes to the Clinical Examination (ie. the OSCE is being replaced with the RCE and eventually, the Clinical Competency Exam (CCE)).

Recognising that the RACGP delivers more than just Fellowship examinations, the RACGP is taking various steps to increase clarity regarding, and consistency between the various assessments and examinations. The new RACGP Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook is intended to provide clear guidance to candidates regarding the delivery of the assessments and examinations, and associated processes.

There are no changes to existing rules or regulations. The current Handbook has been expanded in scope to also cover the entry assessments.

Part 1 of the new RACGP Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook covers the entry assessments, and Part 2 covers the Fellowship examinations.

As above, the current RACGP Examinations Special Consideration Policy applies only to the Fellowship exams. The scope of the Policy has been broadened to also cover the entry assessments, and updated in light of recent changes to the Clinical Examination.

The new RACGP Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy covers special arrangements in the delivery of an RACGP Assessment or Examination (eg. extra time, breaks, a paper-based exam etc). “Special consideration” previously covered including late withdrawal from the exam, and non-attendance at an examination due to an unforeseen emergency, have been removed from the new Policy. From 2021.1, these will be handled as requests for special exemptions.

New forms have been created accordingly.

Upon review of the current RACGP Examinations Special Consideration Policy, it was found that there were gaps in process and uncertainty regarding the application of particular rules. Furthermore, provisions for special arrangements in an exam, and special consideration for late withdrawal and non-attendance did not naturally fit together in the same policy. The new RACGP Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy aims to fill the identified gaps in process and increase certainty.

Candidates enrolled in an assessment or examination in 2020.2 must apply for special consideration in line with the current RACGP Examinations Special Consideration Policy. Candidates enrolled in an assessment or examination from 2021.1 onwards must apply for special arrangements in line with the new RACGP Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy. These candidates must also use the new Special Arrangements Application Form, and if they are applying for special arrangements on medical grounds, they must also submit the new Special Arrangements Medical Certificate template.

From 2021.1, candidates who would have applied for special consideration for late withdrawal or non-attendance must submit the new Special Exemption Application Form.  

Applicants may use the new forms prior to implementation of the new policy if they wish.

The new Special Exemption Application Form has been created to assist candidates who may need to request an exemption from RACGP policy at any stage during their journey towards Fellowship. This includes late withdrawals from assessments and examinations, and non-attendance at an assessment or examination (as outlined above), as well as any other exception that may become necessary for an individual candidate.

The new form aims to simplify the process for candidates applying for special exemption, and to make clear what specific information is required of applicants at first instance.

Special exemptions will still be considered and determined by the RACGP on a case-by-case basis.

 

When do the changes take place?

The changes to policy will take place for the 2021.1 semester, onwards.

Where can I view the documents?

The new documents can be accessed here:

All policies can be accessed via the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework.

What if I have questions?

If you have any enquiries relating to the updated policy, please contact julieanne.pho@racgp.org.au.

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