Pass MRCGP AKT with Arora
The most comprehensive AKT package for complete AKT Preparation – AKT Gold Pass includes:
3 x Online courses (clinical + stats + admin) plus detailed PDF notes. Guideline based and up-to-date.
PLUS 9 x Mock exams to re-create AKT exam conditions and refine exam technique.
PLUS Live Big Mock course (virtual), focused on high yield clinical, stats and admin, with a heavy focus on technique to help you avoid common mistakes.
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PLUS 250 digital guideline and pharmacology flashcards for quick retention.
Core AKT teaching by Dr Aman Arora – Fellow of RCGP, previousand
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Our most comprehensive AKT package in a discounted bundle, designed for an advanced daily preparation plan – save £475!
10 resources, 150+ hours of focused AKT teaching in 5 different formats – Live, Online, Audio, Mocks and Flash Cards
All aspects designed to boost your AKT score through focus on two core areas - boosting your knowledge and enhancing your exam technique
What is the MRCGP AKT Exam?
The AKT (applied knowledge test) is one of the three components of the MRCGP qualification. This is necessary to complete GP training in the UK. It is not simply a test of how much you know or can retain; it aims to test your application of knowledge and problem solving.
The MRCGP AKT format is a 200 question exam, which lasts 3 hours and 10 minutes. You can sit your AKT MRCGP test any time during or after the GPST2 year and you can sit it up to 4 times to pass. The pass mark varies between exams, but tends to be between 60-70%.
Need help passing your AKT Exam?
If you need help preparing for your MRCGP AKT exam, our specially-designed AKT revision resources are the perfect option. These include focused teaching by Dr. Aman Arora – a fellow of RCGP, a previous GP Programme Director and a previous Advanced AKT trainer.
Our All-in-One AKT Package includes 3 full online courses, live course, 3 audio books, 9 mock exams and 250 flashcards – meaning you have everything you need to help pass an AKT the first time around. Our individual MRCGP AKT revision courses include AKT online courses, AKT mock paper bundles, AKT audiobooks and AKT flashcard bundles.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MRCGP AKT
When preparing for AKT, there are two main chosen approaches – question-bank based and ‘formal revision’ based.
Relying on one alone leave can leave you a little short. No question bank can cover every aspect of the AKT, whilst purely reading books and guidelines means you won’t gain any experience of dealing with questions you may face in the exam.
If planned well, both should be used hand-in-hand as both have advantages in terms of improving retention and performance.
A few key references to familiarise with and keep referring to throughout preparation: RCGP Curriculum, NICE CKS guidelines, BNF and BNF for children, RCGP InnovAiT journals, Oxford Handbook of General Practice.
The RCGP curriculum should be used as a guide to your preparation. The RCGP have outlined which areas will be tested in the AKT – not going through this will lead to surprises on the day. It is a long document but if you plan things well it will ensure you cover everything.
Review past RCGP AKT feedback reports. After every AKT exam the RCGP produces a report including which areas candidates struggled with. It is important that you go through these for at least 3-4 times before your own exam as it is likely that these areas will be re-tested. Make sure you plan to cover these areas well before your exam date.
Make a timeline. Planning is vital given the huge amount of material to cover for AKT. Work out how long you have between now and your exam, and break down your revision accordingly. Which topics to have covered by when, how many questions to complete per week? etc. Lack of this may lead to haphazard preparation and an overwhelmed feeling. Our AKT revision planners are designed to help you plan out your revision and can be found here: https://aroramedicaleducation.co.uk/free-downloads/
The most comprehensive package for AKT is our AKT Gold Pass Package. This is a package which focuses on the two core components needed for AKT success – knowledge and technique. The package has 12 months access to all material and contains 3 online courses (+ PDF notes package), 3 audiobook courses, 9 mock exams, live course attendance, clinical flashcards and pharmacology flashcards. To find out more about the package and for trainee reviews click here.
When searching for the best AKT question bank for revision, the best advice is to try to find something which offers as much variety as possible.
Often people rely on one bank and get very used to a certain style of question-writing – doing the same style of question 3-4000 times is bound to trigger your brain to think in a certain way and it can be very confusing when another style is suddenly encountered in the exam. Whether you have two question banks, or whether you simply hire a few AKT question books from the library, try at least two sources. You can try our sample AKT mock exam questions here: https://aroramedicaleducation.co.uk/exam/akt-sample/
It is a computer-based test that lasts 3 hours and 10 minutes. It consists of 200 questions giving you an average time of 57 seconds to answer each question. There is a timer visible on screen.
The the MRCGP AKT questions follow a set format: 80% of questions are on clinical medicine. 10% of questions are on health informatics and administrative issues. 10% of questions are on critical appraisal and evidence-based practice (statistics)
Questions can come in several types – the main being:
– Single best answer (SBA): choose only one answer eg. 1 from 5.
– Extended match questions (EMQ): longer list of answers, 2 or 3 scenarios, choose only one answer.
– Free text answer: need to type an answer in the textbox.
An online calculator is available to use if needed.
The pass mark varies from exam to exam but tends to range from a percentage between high 60’s and early 70’s. There is no negative marking, so ensure you attempt every question.
You are able to take the AKT during or after the ST2 stage of your GP training. A maximum of four attempts is allowed, which means if you fail your AKT on your first sitting you can try to pass it 3 more times (provided you entered GP Speciality Training on or after August 1st 2010).
Yes, you can use a calculator in the AKT exam – an online calculator is provided.
The failure rate of the AKT exam is relatively high, due to the fact it is a challenging exam. Approximately 1 in 4 candidates fail in each exam pool, which puts the AKT pass rate at between 67.7% and 73%
The current exam fee is £450 (providing you are registered as an RCGP AiT after July 2015).
Exam booking occurs through the RCGP website – application periods usually open 7-8 weeks before the exam and remain open for 5-6 days.
Once you have booked and paid, you then select your preferred test centre.
The key UK AKT exam dates are as follows:
Application: 31st August 2022 – 2nd September 2022, Exam Date: 26th October 2022, Results: 24th November 2022
Future Exam Dates:
25th January 2023, 26th April 2023
You can take the AKT exam from ST2 onwards.
Many trainees are taking the AKT earlier and earlier and choosing to attempt it at the first opportunity in ST2. Although it can be a relief to get your AKT passed as soon as possible, choosing to take the AKT too soon can result in the following issues:
– The job the trainee is in doesn’t allow for effective preparation due to shift patterns/fatigue. This is often the case if someone wants to sit their AKT during a placement like in AMU, A&E.
– The trainee’s lack of GP experience hinders how they can apply their knowledge in scenario-based situations.
– They try to rush into the exam and therefore do not give themselves a long enough time to prepare for it.
– Trainees choose to rely only on one type of revision resource to save time and money (e.g just flashcards) which limits how much information they can retain and apply to the exam.
–Trainees taking their first attempt as a ‘feeler’ attempt can often result in them not being prepared enough.
There is no right or wrong time to take your AKT, and opting to take it in ST2 or ST3 year both have their benefits.
GP placement experience can make a difference as many questions require you to think in a ‘GP mindset’ – several answers may feasibly be correct, but the most likely one from a GP perspective may be the correct one.
The ‘best’ resource for you depends on how you learn best.
Our most comprehensive package for AKT is certainly the AKT Gold Pass Package. This is a package, which focuses on the two core components needed for AKT success – knowledge and technique.
The package has 12 months access to all material and contains 3 online courses (+ PDF notes package), 3 audiobook courses, 9 mock exams, live course attendance, clinical flashcards and pharmacology flashcards.
To find out more about the package and for trainee reviews click here.