Exams

AKT (Applied Knowledge Test)

  • - ST2 upwards
  • - Covers curriculum
  • - Computer based, held at Pearson VUE centres across the country
  • - >3h 10m exam, 200 questions
  • - 80% clinical medicine
  • - 10% critical appraisal and evidence based clinical practice (i.e. statistics)
  • - 10% on health informatics and administrative issues
  • - Practice questions online, InnovAiT, RCGP website
  • RCGP Guide to AKT

CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment)

  • - “aim of the CSA is to test a doctor’s ability to gather information and apply learned understanding of disease processes and person-centred care appropriately in a standardised context, make evidence-based decisions, and communicate effectively with patients and colleagues. Being able to integrate these skills effectively is a key element of this assessment”
  • - ST3 only – but can start developing skills from ST1
  • - 13 x 10 minute consultations
  • - Strictly timed
  • - Calibrated to be able to fit in 10 minutes - Medicine not complicated
  • - Home visits and telephone consultations
  • - Paediatrics
  • - Examination
  • - Practice cases & develop consultation skills
  • - Resources: RCGP website – practical information about format of exam and what they’re looking for, Books of cases, Books for consultation models
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