Assessment and exams

To qualify as a GP you need to pass the MRCGP which comprises…

Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)

3 hour multiple choice test of 200 questions. It is computer based and you take it at one of 150 Pearson VUE test centres, where the UK driving theory tests currently take place.

Approximately 80% of questions will be on clinical medicine, 10% on critical appraisal and evidence based medicine, and 10% on health informatics, management and administration.  

You can take the AKT in ST2 or 3 but are not allowed to sit it in ST1.

Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)

A 13 station OSCE/simulated surgery with 10 minute consultations.

You can only take the CSA in ST3.

Work Placed Based Assessments (WPBA)

Continuous assessment throughout training made up of case based discussions (CbD), consultation observation tool (COT) when in GP and mini clinical evalation Exercise (Mini-CEX) when in hospital posts, directly observed clinical procedures (DOPs), Multi source feedback (MSF) and Patient Satisfaction Questionnaires (PSQs). These assessments are recorded in your e-portfolio.

You are also required to make ‘learning log’ entries on your e-portfolio which is reflective writing to help you think deeply about what you’ve been learning or experiencing and to keep an active Professional Development Plan (PDP) on your e-portfolio.