Non-urgent advice: Some basics
The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is a computer-based assessment that forms part of the MRCGP.
It tests the knowledge base behind independent general practice in the UK within the context of the NHS. Trainees who pass will show they can apply knowledge at a high enough level for independent practice.
The AKT takes place three times a year at Pearson VUE test centres across the UK.
Trainees have 3 hours and 10 minutes to answer 200 questions.
The questions are approximately:
80% on clinical knowledge
10% on evidence-based practice
10% on primary care organisation and management issues
All questions address issues relating to UK general practice. They focus on higher order problem solving rather than the recall of basic facts.
The GP Curriculum gives an overview of the topics you should be aware of for the AKT.
Non-urgent advice: AKT Support
Our scheme runs AKT support sessions in addition to the structured education programme. These sessions are hosted by Dr Dave Osborne (PCME) along with GPST colleagues who have recently passed the AKT to share their tips for the exam.
We have lots of resources on our AKT support channel within slack which all GPST’s are invited to when they start training with us.