as well as understand yourself.
College resources - are you using them?
The RACGP ‘Candidate Handbook’ and ‘Examination Guide’ are both available online and contain valuable information about the exams.
There is also an Exam Support Online Module within gplearning for all RACGP members.
The Public Exam reports published by the RACGP detail the recent AKT and KFP exams, the type of questions asked, and where candidates went wrong.
Practice the practice exams
Do the online practice exams provided by the RACGP.
Do other practice exam questions, especially those in the same format as you will find in the fellowship exams.
Use the practice exams familiarise yourself with the style of questions.
Dr MCQ - practice with over 670 multiple choice questions covering the RACGP and ACRRM curricula and reflect the BEACH data upon which the exams are modelled.
Dr KFP - focusses on helping you develop the technique required for this challenging exam. Includes expert advice, recorded webinar, guided questions and 2 mini practice exams with answers.
Find your weaknesses and make up a study plan
Read the RACGP public exam reports - learn from the mistakes of others, and note down those questions you think you probably would have got wrong too.
Use the practice exams to find your areas of weakness.
Use your clinical practice to do the same – which consultations did you struggle with; need to ask for help; need to look things up?
Make a list of all these difficult topics and use them to make a study plan.
Focus on exam topics
It is also important to understand that the exam question topics and their frequency are based on a matrix of the 5 domains of general practice and the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) data. The BEACH data summarises the frequency and type of general practice presentations in Australia. What this means is that, you need to plan your study around topics that are likely to come up in the exams, and not around what you find the most interesting. Don’t spend a month learning every intricacy of ophthalmology which accounted for less than 2% of presentations, at the expense of respiratory, musculoskeletal and skin - which combined accounted for over 45% of presentations.