Whether you are using Dr MCQ to prepare for the RACGP or ACRRM exams or even to revise your general practice knowledge, there are ways to make sure you make the most of your study time.
Dr MCQ is a learning tool developed to assist you to focus your efforts, study efficiently, increase your confidence, and maximise your marks in your upcoming exams.
The questions in Dr MCQ have been written by Australian GPs working in clinical practice from both regional and rural areas of the country. The program contains over 1000 single best answer questions in both multiple-choice and extended matching format. You will have access to mock exams, and data against which you can compare your scores to benchmark your progress against previous successful candidates.
Each question has an explanation as well as links to online references to support the correct answer. So make sure, if you did not answer a question correctly, that you read the feedback provided, and review the supporting literature. Be self-reflective and make each question a learning opportunity.
1. You can use the Quiz Builder function in Dr MCQ as part of your study plan to consolidate your knowledge.
If you spend the week studying the Cardiovascular system, then you can use the Quiz Builder to create a cardiovascular MCQ quiz at the end of the week. Test yourself on the topic – how did you go? Were there still knowledge gaps that need addressing?
Remember, a score of 50% is a failing mark on both the RACGP and ACRRM MCQ exams. Do not be falsely reassured by a score of 50% on Dr MCQ, this will likely not be enough to pass your upcoming exam and actually indicates that you have more work to do.
ModMed is committed to research and quality, so we engage only experienced Medical Educators who are trained in creating exam-style questions, and we conduct ongoing research to improve our programs. Our research analyst has crunched all the numbers on the questions within Dr MCQ, and based on correlation research against registrars who went on to pass their exams, created three pre-built mock exams. These exams are 60 questions each, with a time limit of 90 minutes. We recommend you sit them under exam settings. Our research tells us that registrars who score at least 80% on these three MCQ tests are on track to pass the RACGP AKT exam.
If you score less than 80%, you need to use this as an opportunity to continue to focus on studying, and improve your clinical knowledge. And don’t forget, regardless of your score, make sure you go back and review any questions you get wrong.
You can also use Dr MCQ to help practice your time management. Not only does the Quiz Builder allow you to focus your revision and consolidate your knowledge, but it also enables you to build practice exams customised by the number of questions and time allowed.
2. Time management is an important aspect of your exam performance.
For example, in the RACGP AKT exam there are 150 questions that need to be completed in 4 hours (or 240 minutes). This equates to 1.6 minutes per question. So make sure you know how many questions you should have completed a quarter, halfway, three quarters of the way through the exam, so you know you are on track to complete all of the questions in the allowed time. There is no negative marking in the RACGP AKT, so making sure you provide an answer for every question is vital. Practice pacing yourself to ensure you have time to answer all the questions, leaving time for revision, or returning to questions that you have flagged and need to return to.
3. There are a few general tips to consider when approaching a single best answer question:
- Read the clinical scenario carefully, as the information contained within the clinical stem should help you to select the correct option. For example, be careful not to ignore certain aspects of the clinical stem if it doesn’t fit with your differential diagnoses. All of the information in the clinical scenario is important and relevant. The examiners do not put in additional information to trick you.
- Always take the context of the clinical scenario into account – this includes information such as the age, gender and location of the patient. For example, the way you assess or manage a patient may be different depending on whether you are in an urban or rural or remote location.
- Make sure to read the question carefully and always answer what is being asked. For example, an ‘initial investigation’ may be very different from ‘the most important investigation’. Misreading the question is one of the easiest and most common ways to lose marks. It is recommended that you read the question a few times to ensure you are actually answering the question that has been asked.
- Read all the options first before selecting your answer. The questions are written in a way that there are often 2 or 3 plausible answers. But remember, it is a ‘single best answer’ scenario – so you must choose the best, or most appropriate option for the clinical context provided.
- In your exam, if you come across a question that you are having difficulty with, flag it and move on. This will help with your time management, and your nerves. If you waste time on a question that you are unsure of, this will affect your confidence, focus and concentration. Come back to it at the end, when you know how much time you have left. The answer may be much clearer to you by then
- And remember, if you are having difficulty with a question, try to imagine yourself in your own clinical practice – how would you actually approach this problem in your day to day general practice?
The ModMed Team is here to support you. Your exam success is our goal. So if you have any questions you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you all the very best with your exam preparation!