Workforce, training and education
East of England


Lots of courses, no course stands out yet.

Important things are to:

1.       Practice questions, this is often the best way of learning for exams as similar knowledge gets tested in the exam

2.       Remember working as a GP day to day will provide you will knowledge just by osmosis

3.       Get used to computer format questions


nMRCGP Practice Questions Applied Knowledge Test Pastest Edited by Rob Daniels - Chapters divided by specialty therefore can focus on your weaker subjects, gives extensive up to date explanation of answers which saves time looking in other books for this. – well worth subscribing for 1/12 or 3/12. It is reduced for MDU members.  1700 Questions with an ongoing score which helps you keep track of how you are doing. CURRENTLY FREE TO SUBSCRIBE BY CONTACTING JOAN AT THE LIBRARY. email: is a very good website, with nearly 1500 sample questions which are extremely relevant both for working as a GP and the AKT exam. questions in modules are a similar format to AKT questions

There are 50 sample questions on the RCGP website, however there are no answers to them and some of them are not clear cut, so a good resource to see what the questions might be like but not really a good leaning resource, other than to point you in the right direction in areas you don't have much knowledge.

The InnovAiT Journals from the RCGP provide sample questions but are also useful for reading up on current guidelines.

London nMRCGP have in the past offered free AKT courses.


Most important things:

1. Practice 10 minute consultations for WEEKS  before sitting the exam. (However, if you are still running over 10 minutes, don't don't have a computer or script printing to do. Also, you rarely have to fully examine a patient, so this all means less time than in your average 'real life' surgery appointment)

2. It is important from the very beginning when seeing patients as a GP registrar, to think about forming your own consultation model; this will enable the exam to feel more natural and you will start your career with very good habits.

3. See lots and lots of patients for real – there are RCGP endorsed/organised courses but be aware that there are lots of others that aren't. No one last year in the first lot of nMRCGP candidates did any courses and all passed.

4.Video yourself and watch it with your trainer – lots!

5. Practice real consultations with your trainer sitting in so you get used to another person in the room watching you.