Update on the booking process for the Applied Knowledge Test

2 July 2020

We hope you are keeping safe and well during the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following our last update on the Applied Knowledge Test examination on 10 June, we are pleased to be able to confirm the booking process for candidates for the August AKT which is being held on 19 August 2020.

Test centres are still not permitted to run at maximum capacity for both your safety and the safety of their staff, and therefore we are able to confirm a reduced capacity of 1500 candidates will be able to take the exam.

Whilst we acknowledge that this is a large number of places, there is a possibility that not all candidates who want to sit this exam will be able to.

As a result, deaneries and LETB Education teams have advised that there will be a system of prioritisation for bookings.

This will be managed by two sequential application windows in July as below.

ST3 trainees will be able to book in the first window from 7 July, as previously communicated, and this will then be opened up more widely in an additional application window for ST2 trainees if places remain available.

  • Application Window 1 – ST3 trainees only: 7-10 July 2020
  • Application Window 2 – all ST3 and ST2 trainees: 14-17 July 2020
  • AKT Exam: 19 August 2020
  • Results published: 8 September 2020

There is no need for further discussion with your deanery and LETB Education Team at this stage, but please note that the RCGP will only be able to accept bookings for ST3 trainees in the first window.

If you have any questions around prioritisation, or exceptional circumstances, these should be directed to your deanery or LETB Education team.

There will be further sittings of the AKT in October 2020, and January 2021.

Please note that we are all working to national Government guidance on social distancing and may be required to alter any plans, locally or nationally, if the COVID-19 pandemic means that lockdown restrictions make planned testing unsafe.

Thank you for all your hard work and patience during the very challenging last few months.


Post written by

Dr Michael Mulholland, Vice Chair (Professional Development)

Michael Mulholland is a GP at Unity Health, a five-site practice for 22000 patients across the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border where he has practised for nearly 20 years.

He also works for Health Education England with roles in GP training, quality Improvement and workforce planning. At the RCGP, he has been part of the GP at scale programme and a GP Forward View Regional Ambassador.

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