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Top 5 Tips for Success on the MRCGP AKT Exam
  • 10 Oct 2023
  • GP

Are you gearing up for the MRCGP AKT (Applied Knowledge Test) exam? Dr. Andrew Lowry, a General Practitioner and the GP Programme Director for Pastest, shares his top 5 tips to help you prepare effectively and maximise your chances of success.

Tip 1: Master the GP Core Curriculum

The AKT exam is designed to assess your knowledge of the General Practice (GP) core curriculum. To excel, you must be intimately familiar with all aspects of this curriculum. Understand the structure of the AKT exam, including the types of questions you'll encounter, and the scoring system. This foundational knowledge will guide your preparation and help you focus on the key topics.

Tip 2: Give Yourself Adequate Preparation Time

Dr. Lowry emphasises the importance of time management in your AKT preparation. Plan ahead and allocate at least five to six months for your preparation. This extended timeline allows you to cover all the necessary topics in a comprehensive manner, without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

Tip 3: Hone Your Time Management Skills

Effective time management is crucial during the AKT exam. While clinical knowledge is vital, you must also practice efficient time management strategies. Learn to pace yourself, allocate time wisely for each question, and quickly move on when needed. Practising time management during your study sessions will pay off during the real exam.

Tip 4: Choose the Right Timing

Dr. Lowry advises candidates to take the AKT exam when they can dedicate their full attention to it. If possible, leverage study leave to focus entirely on your preparation. Avoid scheduling the exam during busy or stressful periods in your personal or professional life. Being in the right mindset is essential for peak performance.

Tip 5: Utilise Pastest AKT Resource

To fully prepare for the AKT exam, take advantage of our comprehensive MRCGP AKT resource available. Dr. Lowry recommends using all aspects of the Pastest AKT resource. This includes not only the Question Bank but also the Microlearning feature and Expanded Explanations. The resource can help reinforce your understanding of key concepts and improve your overall performance on the exam.

In conclusion, success on the AKT exam requires diligent preparation and strategic planning. Dr. Andrew Lowry's top 5 tips offer valuable guidance for aspiring GP professionals. By mastering the GP core curriculum, managing your time effectively, and leveraging Pastest's resources, you'll be well on your way to acing the AKT exam and advancing your career in General Practice. Good luck!

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  • 10 Oct 2023
  • GP