Dual format Fellowship exams successfully delivered

Morgan Liotta

8/02/2023 3:43:08 PM

Hundreds of prospective RACGP Fellows completed the computer-based AKT and paper-based KFP without incident over the weekend.

Candidates sitting RACGP exam
More than 1600 candidates sat their Fellowship exams across 22 venues around Australia last week.

The RACGP has successfully delivered its 2023.1 Fellowship exams, with the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) run as a computer-based exam on 3 February, and the paper-based Key Feature Problem (KFP) taking place the following day.
RACGP Chief Education Officer Rob LoPresti praised the smooth delivery of the Fellowship exams, which assess candidates’ competency for unsupervised general practice in Australia.
‘I’m proud to advise that both exams ran without major incident, a credit to the hard work of our staff and our two delivery partners,’ he said.
‘This was a huge undertaking which required around 100 invigilators, 35 technical support staff, 50 local RACGP observers and the National Assessment team.’
Mr LoPresti also acknowledged the additional challenge posed by this round of exams, following a late switch back to a paper-based KFP after testing of the online platform revealed an issue related to marking the short-answer questions.
‘We originally planned to deliver the KFP online along with the AKT and the only reason we could make this change in such a short timeframe was because a paper back-up had been planned for both exams over months as a contingency to online delivery,’ he said.
‘However, I’m pleased to confirm that not a single back-up paper was used for the AKT.’
For the AKT, 782 candidates sat the exam, while 856 candidates sat the KFP. Results will be released on 16 March and 27 April, respectively.
In addition to congratulating all those who took part, Mr LoPresti also acknowledged the ‘huge effort’ required behind the scenes to successfully delivery both exams.
‘I’d like to thank everyone who rigorously tested the online platform over many releases of the software, and diligently planned for every possible scenario to ensure the exams would proceed for our members, no matter what we faced in the lead up and on the exam days,’ he said.
Running the exams under a mixed model of online and paper delivery is ‘a complex process’, according to Mr LoPresti, which effectively involves twice the amount of preparation.
‘Our team’s ability to put our members first and remain professional and committed in challenging circumstances is the reason for such an excellent outcome, and I’m so grateful for their ongoing support,’ he said.
‘Congratulations everyone on such a positive result.’
More information on the RACGP Fellowship exams is available on the college website.
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