Exam Support Program overview


Education Registrars FRACGP exams Exam Support Program overview

Introduction

The RACGP continues to refine and develop the support provided to all Fellowship exam candidates. From 2019, there will be changes and improvements to the range of Fellowship exam support and resources offered by the RACGP.

The new program brings themes and components of individual feedback into enhanced resources that will be available for all candidates. The introduction of the Practice Experience Program for all non-vocationally registered doctors means that all exam candidates will have access to educational support prior to undertaking exams.

These new resources are available below, and include:

  • Three new exam support online modules, available on gplearning:
    • Activity 1 - Preparing a learning plan
    • Activity 2 - Study skills
    • Activity 3 - Conducting case-based discussions
  • Enhanced results statements, showing performance in each domain of the OSCE
  • Podcasts including questions submitted by exam candidates after each exam cycle, answered by the RACGP Censors and available for all exam candidates.

Previously, candidates who were unsuccessful after three attempts at an exam segment received individual feedback and were required to show just cause as to why they should continue in the exams, and candidates were required to undertake remediation after six unsuccessful attempts. Moving forward, the RACGP is providing all available resources to all exam candidates, and is removing the restrictions that only allowed candidates to access the enhanced learning support after multiple unsuccessful attempts.


Accessing the resources

The new Exam Support Program resources are available on the Exam Support Resources page.


Frequently asked questions


All of the RACGP’s exam support resources will now be available to all exam candidates before their first attempt. The RACGP is no longer holding resources in reserve for candidates who have been unsuccessful in multiple attempts.


To provide all exam candidates with targeted support in a sustainable and educationally sound manner. It is hoped this change will allow more candidates to be successful on their first attempts at the RACGP Fellowship exams.


The new Exam Support Program is effective from the 2019.1 exam cycle


All current and future exam candidates will benefit from the contents of the exam support podcasts and the new Exam Support Online modules available in GP learning.

The RACGP’s major support resources are no longer restricted to those who have been unsuccessful in the Fellowship exams multiple times.


The podcasts will open with information relevant to the exams just completed, including the common errors and things that will help the majority of candidates.

The podcast will then move to answering specific candidate questions. There will not be a specific discussion of the clinical content of the cases; the podcast is not a clinical resource and won’t be discussing management, appropriate differential diagnostics, or clinical technique.

Questions can be submitted on the Examiner podcasts page. The questions will be reviewed, and the most popular and educationally beneficial questions will be answered in the podcast.


No, all RACGP-produced resources in the Exam Support Program are free to access for RACGP members.


If you have a problem on the day of the examination, you need to submit an incident report at the time, or as soon as possible after the exam. Incident reports should be submitted for any problems in the way the exam was run or delivered, any problems with the wording of the questions, or if you believe you have discovered an error in the exam.

The AKT is a multiple-choice exam and is automatically marked by computer. Your answers to the questions cannot be changed, even if you believe there was a mistake in the exam. In some cases, a question may be reviewed, altered or removed after the examination. In this case, the alteration applies to all candidates equally and you do not need to request this.

The KFP consists of both multiple choice and write-in questions. The multiple choice questions are auto-marked in the same way as the AKT, and your answers cannot be altered. Each write-in question is marked by trained GPs, and each question is marked by a single examiner. This means that your exam has been marked by many different GPs, and there is no facility for a single person to re-mark your exam. The marking process is also quality tested and assured at multiple points. It’s important you write your answers to be as clear and understandable as possible.

The OSCE is marked by at different examiners in every station, meaning every candidate will be examined by 25 or more examiners. Although the task within each case is specific, candidates are rated on a range of components of the consultation. The assessments of many examiners are combined to produce the final rating.

To safeguard our exam questions, maintain academic integrity and minimise exam costs, we do not review individual questions and answers with candidates. However, the common themes and mistakes made by many candidates will be reviewed in the public exam report and podcast, and you are encouraged to submit questions to the podcast after the release of exam results.