2023.1 AKT and KFP information for candidates


2023.1 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and Key Feature Problem (KFP) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


The latest information is below.

Last updated: 30 November 2022

 

Exam delivery information


RACGP has recently undertaken a rigorous testing process to ensure the stability and success of AssessGP, the college’s new online assessment platform. Following the success of the AssessGP trials , the KFP will now return to computer-based delivery.
The 2023.1 KFP will be delivered face-to-face in exam venues in an online (computer-based) format via the AssessGP exam platform.


The 2023.1 AKT will be delivered face-to-face in exam venues in an online (computer-based) format via the AssessGP platform. Further information will be provided to enrolled candidates via email closer to the exam date.


Throughout the pandemic the RACGP has been committed to ensuring the continued delivery of Fellowship assessments and fully qualified GPs into the national workforce. 

During this period, we have undertaken a rigorous procurement and software development process to return to online delivery of written exams. We have listened to member feedback and understand most candidates prefer online exam delivery. Computer-based exams also help us to process the results faster. A paper-based exam needs to be packaged, transported, and scanned before it can be marked.


The 2023.1 AKT will be held on Friday 3 February and will begin at 11:00 am in each Australian time zone.

The 2023.1 KFP will be held on Saturday 4 February and will begin at 11:00 am in each Australian time zone.

Important: The days the AKT and KFP exams will be held in 2023 have changed from previous semesters. Make sure you note down the correct day and date for each exam.


No. The KFP will run in the morning of Friday 3 February 2023 and the AKT will run in the morning of Saturday 4 February 2023.


The 2023.1 AKT has a duration of 4 hours.

The 2023.1 KFP has a duration of 4 hours.


The 2023.1 AKT and KFP will be held in COVID-safe venues in capital cities and a limited number of regional locations. Exam locations for the 2023.1 AKT and KFP are listed on the RACGP website.

You will be allocated to the closest available exam venue based on your preferred address and date of enrolment. Some venues can only accommodate a set number of candidates and numbers will be capped accordingly. If your closest exam venue reaches capacity, you will be allocated to the next closest available venue. No specific venue allocation is guaranteed or should be presumed before we confirm with you.


All enrolled candidates will receive an exam venue confirmation email approximately four weeks before the exam. You are advised to wait until your venue has been confirmed before making travel arrangements.


No. Unfortunately, we are unable to change your exam venue once you have received your confirmed venue allocation. You should nominate whether you want to be allocated to a venue nearer your home or practice when you are completing your enrolment. You will be able to choose to be allocated based on either your home or practice address.


The RACGP is exploring the development of remote delivery for exams. For now, the AKT and KFP will continue to be delivered in venues across Australia.


Links to AKT and KFP practice exams will be provided to enrolled candidates on Thursday 1 December. You’ll receive the practice exam for the exam/s you are enrolled in, and it will be provided in the format of the real exam.


Refer to the Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy and the RACGP Examinations Special Arrangements Guidance Document.

The deadline for special arrangements applications is 20 business days prior to the scheduled exam date. Any special arrangements applications must be received by:

  • Thursday 5 January 2023 for the 2023.1 AKT exam
  • Friday 6 January 2023 for the 2023.1 KFP exam


Candidates are permitted to bring the following items into the exam room without an approved special arrangement: 

Medicine and medical devices

  • Medication – if in original pack
    • EpiPens
    • inhaler
    • simple analgesia
    • prescription medications where doses are required during the exam time
    • insulin
  • Diabetes / blood glucose monitoring devices or insulin pumps. You can bring your blood glucose monitor as well as your insulin to help maintain your blood sugar levels. If your phone is required, it must be on flight mode with all sounds disabled and must be placed on your desk in view of the invigilators.
  • Eye drops
  • Ear drops
  • Nasal spray
  • Hearing aids


Food and water

  • A small amount of food such as a muesli bar or lollies. Please note the food must be of a type that creates minimal disruption to other candidates and minimal noise when consumed (no plastic wrappers). Hot food or food with nuts or strong odour is not permitted. Snacks should be in a clear zip lock bag.
  • Water in up to two (2) clear, colourless plastic bottles – the bottles can’t have any writing on them, labels must be removed, and you should place these bottles on your desk (not the floor) during the exam


Comfort aids

  • Prescription / reading glasses (can be in case with cleaning cloth)
  • Lip balm
  • Feminine hygiene products – in plain, unlabelled packaging and placed in a clear zip lock bag
  • Tissues – a small pack in their original packaging
  • Hand towel
  • Ear plugs – disposable foam earplugs in their original, sealed packaging only. If you choose to use earplugs, it’s your responsibility to ensure you can hear any announcements the invigilator makes.

All items must be reviewed at registration and may not be allowed in the exam if they don’t meet the requirements. Ear plugs and tissues will be provided at all venues. 

 

Candidates are not permitted to bring the following items into the exam room:

  • Pens, pencils, or other writing devices or stationery of any kind (pens will be provided in all examinations)
  • Paper including blank notepaper, notes, books or notebooks
  • Mobile phones
  • Watches of any type or description
  • Timing or recording devices, calculators, computers, iPads, iPods, tablets, organisers or electronic devices of any type
  • Electronic or active earplugs or headphones, ear muffs or earplugs not in their original sealed packaging
  • Non-religious headwear, hats or hooded jackets/jumpers/tops
  • Any bags or other personal belongings. Your invigilator will advise where to place your belongings.

Check that you don’t have any of these items on you before you start your exam.


You need to bring photo identification (ID) to your exam. This must be a current (not expired), original document. Scans or copies are not accepted. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • passport
  • Australian driver’s licence
  • proof-of-age or identity card issued by an Australian state or territory
  • Australian student identity card
  • any other Australian entitlement or identity card issued by the Australian Federal Government or a state/territory government that includes a photograph.

The name on your ID must match your name in our records. If your ID doesn’t match our records, contact examinations@racgp.org.au at least 48 hours before your scheduled exam time. Middle names are not considered, only first and last names. If we can’t confirm your identity before your exam, you may not be permitted to sit.


RACGP state faculties will be providing a limited number of online workshops that will assist candidates with their preparation for the KFP exam. You can find more information and register to attend the KFP pre-exam workshops on the RACGP website

 


Exam, enrolment and results dates

Friday 14 October 2022 Enrolments for the 2023.1 AKT and KFP close at 5:00pm (AEDT)
Thursday 22 December (5 pm AEDT) to Monday 3 January 2023 RACGP closed. Support for AKT and KFP online practice exams unavailable and will resume on Tuesday 3 January 2023
Thursday 5 January 2023 Deadline for AKT special arrangements applications
Deadline for AKT withdrawals to receive a fee refund
Friday 6 January 2023 Deadline for KFP special arrangements applications
Deadline for KFP withdrawals to receive a fee refund
Week of 9 January 2023 Venue confirmation and important exam details provided
Wednesday 1 February 2023 Access to AKT and KFP online practice exams closes at midnight (AEDT)
Friday 3 February 2023 2023.1 AKT exam day
Saturday 4 February 2023 2023.1 KFP exam day
Thursday 16 March 2023 2023.1 AKT results release
Thursday 27 April 2023 2023.1 KFP results release


The 2023 exam dates are published on our website.


Results release dates are published online on the RACGP website.


You can access your exam results and assessment statement by logging in to the RACGP website on the date the results are published. From 2022.2 onward, the AKT and KFP pass marks will not be published on the RACGP website or provided to candidates. You’ll receive your results as a Pass or Fail mark, along with the score band (ranging from F4 – P4). P1 is the first band above the pass mark, and P4 is the highest band. F1 is first band below the pass mark, and F4 is the lowest band. Individual scores are not provided. This is in line with recent changes to how results are provided for the CCE.

 


Enrolment, eligibility and candidacy


No. Enrolments for the 2023.1 AKT and KFP exams close at 5:00pm (AEDT) on Friday 14 October 2022. We cannot accept enrolment requests after this date.


Refer to Part 2: RACGP Fellowship Examinations, Section 3 Withdrawing from an examination of the Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook.

If you request to withdraw from the the AKT by Thursday 5 January 2023 or the KFP by Friday 6 January 2023 (more than 20 business days before the scheduled exam), you will receive a refund of the enrolment fee, minus a $100 withdrawal fee per exam segment.

If you request to withdraw after these dates (less than 20 business days before the scheduled exam date), you will not receive a fee refund.


Check your eligibility criteria on the policy framework.

The RACGP audits all exam enrolments to ensure candidates are eligible to sit the Fellowship examinations and provides enrolment information to all RTOs for the purposes of validating eligibility. If you are found to not meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically withdrawn from the exam segment and will be subject to a $100 withdrawal fee per exam segment.

Remember, you must tell us of any restrictions, conditions, suspensions and/or undertakings on your medical registration as soon as possible. This will help us support you appropriately on your journey to Fellowship.


Subject to the limitations of the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy, you can suspend your candidacy in any semester in which you do not sit an exam. If you sit the 2023.1 KFP, the 2023.1 AKT, or the 2023.1 CCE, you cannot suspend the 2023.1 semester.

 

 

AssessGP platform and practice exams


AssessGP is the RACGP’s new online exam system. In July 2022, we successfully delivered the AKT on computers and in October we completed rigorous testing of our KFP system with more than 500 members. We’re now planning to deliver both the AKT and KFP on computers in venues across Australia. You can read a summary of the AssessGP for the KFP trial results.


Online practice exam training guide modules are available for both AKT and KFP. The modules demonstrate how to navigate the AssessGP platform for the practice exams. We recommend that you complete these modules and the Exam Support Online (ESO) modules on gplearning before attempting the practice exams.

We also encourage you to practice using the AssessGP platform by attempting the AKT and KFP online practice exams. Links to the practice exams will be sent to enrolled candidates on 1 December. The online practice exams are the same format as the real exam and contain questions selected from past exams.


Candidates enrolled in the 2023.1 AKT and KFP will be emailed a link, user ID and password to access the online practice exams on Thursday 1 December, along with log in instructions and information to help you navigate the system. You’ll receive the practice exam for the exam/s you are enrolled in. Access to the practice exams closes on Wednesday 1 February 2023.

If you have trouble logging in to the practice exams, contact us on 1800 472 247 between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm Monday – Friday in all Australian time zones.

Note: The RACGP will be closed from 5.00 pm (AEDT) Thursday 22 December to Monday 2 January 2023. Support for the online practice exams will be unavailable during this time and will resume on Tuesday 3 January 2023.


Once you complete the online practice exam, you’ll be able to immediately access the correct answers and their rationale, which you can use to assess your performance. Refer to the AKT practice exam training guide module and KFP practice exam training guide module for instructions on how to view your results. We’re unable to give individual candidate feedback for the online practice exams.

You’ll be able to log back in at any time until midnight (AEDT) on Wednesday 1 February 2023. You’ll be able to see the questions, answers and rationale while you are logged in, but this information can’t be downloaded from the system. After 1 February, you won’t be able to log back in to view any questions or answers on the system.

 

 

Exam evaluation

 

Evaluation of the AKT and KFP exams is guided by the RACGP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Following the exam/s, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback about your experience via a survey link you will receive by email. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback. All feedback gathered is confidential (see the RACGP Privacy Policy). The findings are used to inform quality assurance and continuous improvement initiatives, as well as identifying positive aspects of exam delivery, thereby ensuring processes for future exams are of the highest quality.

 

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