The aim of this page is to be a transparent guide to the available resources and options for AKT, KFP and OSCE exam preparation. Inclusion in this list does not suggest endorsement and there is no sponsorship of any part of this page. This page was last updated on October 23, 2017.
Official RACGP resources
All exam candidates should be familiar with the existence of the official Candidate Handbook, Exam Guide and the RACGP curriculum. Since the start of 2016, the RACGP has produced official exam reports, which give valuable insights into what the examiners were looking for. These reports are a must-read:
In 2016.2, candidates also received the following open letters from the National Assessment Advisors for the AKT, KFP (and KFP follow up letter) and OSCE exams. Enrolled candidates were emailed a copy of these open letters just prior to sitting their exams.
In addition to forming your own study group and joining your RTO’s exam prep group (if available), consider participating in some of the free Facebook groups:
Run by Raja Devanathan, GP Registrars for FRACGP Prep is a group of >1400 past and present exam candidates. It is open to all FRACGP exam candidates, from any region or program. It contains case discussions, practice questions and links to useful resources. Members can also receive discounts for various exam prep resources. The group is secret, so it won’t come up if you search Facebook. To access the secret group, send a message to Raja.
GPs Down Under is a large group of >3000 GPs in a supportive environment where you can learn, keep up to date with current events and share ideas. It is well worth joining as a registrar and staying on after you pass the exams. After you have requested to join the group, you need to keep an eye out for a message from admin (check the Others or ‘Filtered Messages’ folder), as you will need to confirm your ID and medical registration as this is a closed group.
Planning & What to Study
When making a study plan, consider the common GP presentations based on BEACH data (pp65-68). Avoid the temptation to study familiar topics and consider using a self-assessment tool to find your blindspots.
Books and Articles
The main texts include Murtagh, Talley and O’Connor, Susan Wearne and the GPRA exam book. Current editions are generally recommended, though perhaps not essential if you are using the books as more of a general guide to the process (up to date management can be sourced from current clinical guidelines, recent articles, eTG or AMH). Second hand copies of these books can sometimes be found via the FRACGP facebook page, or handed down through the practice from previous registrars. Electronic versions are handy to have because of the easy searchability and portability.
The RACGP Check program is available for all members of the RACGP, through GPlearning. You can order back issues in hard copy, but there’s little need to do this as there are several years worth online (back to 2013) and older issues than this risk being out of date anyway. GP learning also has a range of other modules…
Blogs and Presentations About Exam Technique
Several past exam candidates / supervisors / assessors have put together their own advice on how to pass these exams, which makes for highly recommended reading. Please note that as the rules have changed over time, older advice may not still be valid. If you would like to add your own post or presentation to this list, use the feedback form at the bottom of the page and send in a link.
There are no official question banks (other than the practice exam that is released just prior to each exam round), but there are several other commercial options that are not affiliated with the college and have not been reviewed or verified by them. For the AKT, there is Dr. MCQ or MedExHub, while there is Dr. KFP or KFP Online for the KFP. If you choose to use a UK question bank (or book) as a tool to find your blindspots, you need to be vigilant about the differences between their guidelines and ours. Free practice questions are also posted on the FB group and there is a large (somewhat variable) set of flashcards on Quizlet.
If you have previously failed these exams or consider yourself at significant risk of doing so, you might also consider a prep course. These can offer more intensive and structured support for candidates and boost confidence, but do come at significant cost and quality may vary. The following non-RACGP providers are listed in alphabetical order only – contact the providers for details:
RACGP Prep Courses
Also contact your RTO (if applicable) regarding their own exam prep workshops and courses.