MRCGP: Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)

The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is a computer-based assessment that forms part of the MRCGP.

It tests the knowledge base behind independent general practice in the UK within the context of the NHS. Trainees who pass will show they can apply knowledge at a high enough level for independent practice.

The AKT takes place four times a year at Pearson VUE test centres across the UK.

4 March 2024 - AKT update

Reservations and bookings

You can now reserve one sitting from the available AKT examinations which are scheduled to take place in the 2023-24 academic year. Please visit the exams applications page of the website for the full 2023-24 AKT key dates schedule. Reservations can be made within FourteenFish.

Reservations for the next AKT on 9 July 2024 will close on 19 May 2024 and those without a reservation will be unable to book the examination. However, if after the April exam results are published you need to re-sit the AKT and your expected CCT date falls before October 2024, please contact the exams team for advice.

We advise trainees to have conversations with their Educational Supervisors around when to attempt the AKT, and to reserve a place accordingly. We hope that the addition of a fourth diet in July 2024 and each July thereafter will enable trainees to sit at the best possible time for them within their training.

Reasonable adjustments

Candidates who require a Reasonable Adjustment for their AKT should visit the Reasonable Adjustments page for further information. Applications and evidence for Reasonable Adjustments should be submitted in accordance with the dates defined therein. The deadline for submitting a Reasonable Adjustment request for the April 2024 examination has passed, but trainees are reminded that they can submit their application for future examinations now.

Fairness review November 2023

We are pleased to publish a summary of our November 2023 fairness review which includes action points and an observers summary of the day. Recently successful AKT candidates from wide ranging backgrounds and geographic locations participated in open and helpful feedback sessions. We trust trainees and educational providers will find this document helpful.

Everything you need to know about the AKT

Our full guide to the AKT covers applications, how the test works, marking, and more.

Read the AKT full guide

Contact us

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tel: 0203 188 7660

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