Important MRCGP info and admin

MRCGP examination fees

Following consultation with the RCGP's AiT Committee, it has been agreed that for all examination applications made after 1 January 2020 one fee rate will be applicable to all trainees for both the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Remote Consultation Assessment (RCA).

The fees payable will be as follows:

AKT: £470
RCA: £1076

All tax paid on examination fees can be reclaimed from HMRC via normal tax returns. 

Explaining the cost of MRCGP

Information about the costs relating to the delivery and development of the MRCGP examination.

Fees paid will normally be held in credit against a future application to sit the assessment. If you don’t expect to sit the assessment on a subsequent occasion, you can ask to have your fee refunded.

If you wish to withdraw from a scheduled exam booking, you must do so in writing. Contact us by email at: exams@rcgp.org.uk. You must include your name and GMC number, indicate which exam you wish to withdraw from and giving your reason for doing so.

Exam cancellations and refunds

Candidates can withdraw from the AKT any time prior to the day of the assessment and the RCA any time prior to the submission of their consultations.

To maintain the MRCGP as cost neutral it is necessary to ensure accrued costs are recovered when assessments are cancelled, as such most cancellations will incur a cancellation fee. The RCGP has committed that the MRCGP will not be a source of income, so any costs associated with cancellation will only cover costs accrued to the point of cancellation.

The cancellation fee will depend upon when the cancellation is requested and mitigating circumstances which may apply.

The current version of the MRCGP cancellation policy is the one posted on the RCGP website.

Fees paid will normally be held in credit against a future application to sit the assessment. If you don’t expect to sit the assessment on a subsequent occasion, you can ask to have your fee refunded.

If you wish to withdraw from a scheduled exam booking, you must do so in writing. Contact us by email at: exams@rcgp.org.uk.

You must include your name and GMC number, indicate which exam you wish to withdraw from and giving your reason for doing so.

Regulations and codes of conduct

The MRCGP regulations apply to assessments undertaken by doctors training in GP specialty training programmes in the UK.

The current version of the MRCGP regulations is the one posted on the RCGP website.

Candidate code of conduct for AKT and RCA

This guidance document outlines the standards of conduct expected from candidates during assessments, as well as the penalties for misconduct and procedures in cases of alleged misconduct.

Code of conduct for WPBA and Trainee ePortfolio

There is a separate code of conduct covering the regulations for WPBA and use of the Trainee ePortfolio.

Exceptional fifth attempts

A new policy has been developed by the RCGP which will allow examination candidates to make exceptional fifth attempts at the AKT or RCA on the basis of additional educational attainment.

If you want to make an application for an exceptional fifth attempt to sit the AKT or RCA, please read the document below and complete the form.

Mitigating circumstances

Please refer to the relevant sections of the Examination Regulations in the first instance and to the policy document below.

If you wish to request that mitigating circumstances are taken into account in respect of either the AKT or RCA please complete and email the form below to exams@rcgp.org.uk.

Regulations for the conduct of complaints and appeals

Please refer to Section 17 of the Examination Regulations in the first instance and to the policy documents below.

Complaints

If you want to make a complaint about the AKT or RCA, please complete and return the form below.

Appeals

To lodge an appeal against an examination result, please complete and return the form below.

Contact us

For all enquiries please contact the RCGP Examination Section.