Member contribution helps RACGP achieve exam success

Matt Woodley

27/07/2022 4:52:09 PM

The return to online venue based AKT exams went ahead successfully, with organisers thanking those who helped troubleshoot the new system.

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A combined 857 candidates participated in the most recent round of KFP and AKT exams in mid-July.

The RACGP has successfully delivered its first online venue-based exams since technical difficulties resulted in the postponement of the Key Feature Problem (KFP) and Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) in October 2020.
On Saturday 16 July, 787 candidates took part in the online venue based AKT, while 794 candidates completed a paper version of the KFP exam the previous day.
The exams took place across 22 venues throughout the country, with the RACGP’s Chief Education Officer Rob LoPresti telling newsGP the exams ran smoothly.
‘Every member completed their exam online as intended. While we had paper back-up exams ready at the venues, we’re proud not to have had to use a single one,’ he said.

‘The journey back to online delivery has been long and challenging. However, our teams have never wavered in their commitment and professionalism.
‘It is the first time we have been in a situation to deliver a mixed model of paper and online exams, and each method required its own set of unique processes. It is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate all involved.
‘We’ve been successful in delivering the AKT online and we’re now focusing our efforts on transitioning future KFP exams back to an online platform.’
According to Mr LoPresti, support from members who tested the AssessGP platform ahead of the exams helped to ensure the ‘major logistical undertaking’ – involving 109 invigilators, 30 technical support staff and 37 RACGP observers – went ahead without issue.
‘I cannot thank members enough for the role they played in our delivery of these vitally important exams,’ he said.
‘It is a proud moment for the college that we should all celebrate.’
However, he also said the education team is constantly looking for ways to improve service delivery, and to that end the RACGP will hold further test runs of the platform ahead of a planned transition to online KFP exams from February.
‘There is always opportunity for further improvement and we will take the candidates’ feedback on board to help guide the next round of exams,’ he said.
‘The members’ contribution to the success of the recent AKT cannot be underestimated, and we would encourage anyone able to take part to put their hand up for the coming AssessGP KFP trial once it has been announced.’
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