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.
Make you study plan work for you
Work on your areas of weakness and then dedicate more time on those topics that are going to appear more frequently.
On the day you can then approach the exams with the knowledge you are as prepared as you can be.
We wish you all the best with your exam preparation