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.

21 November 2023 - AKT update

Reservations and bookings

We are now accepting reservations for all remaining AKT examinations which are scheduled to take place in the 2023-24 academic year. Reservations for the next AKT on 24 January 2024 will close on 24 November 2023 and those without a reservation will be unable to book the examination. Please visit the exams applications page of the website for the full 2023-24 AKT key dates schedule. Reservations can be made within FourteenFish.

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 January 2024 examination has passed, but trainees are reminded that they can submit their application for future examinations now.

New AKT statistics resource

We are pleased to present a new tutorial with Professor Mike Harris on data interpretation in the AKT. Professor Harris reviews a research article with two GP trainees and explains how to interpret some of the paper’s statistical concepts. We trust trainees will find this useful.

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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