Important Notice for China-Based Testing Candidates:

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak and as a precautionary measure against the spread of the outbreak, Pearson VUE is temporarily closing its China-based testing centers and suspending exam delivery through our third-party, China-based test center network effective January 27, 2020 to ensure the health and safety of testing candidates and Pearson VUE employees.

The Royal College of General Practitioners

The Royal College of General Practitioners

The Royal College of General Practitioners is the professional membership body for family doctors committed to improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training, in the UK and overseas.

The College’s licensing qualification – the MRCGP – is based on the curriculum developed by the College and approved by the General Medical Council. Successful completion of its three components is required of doctors who undertake the UK’s specialty training programme in general practice and who wish to obtain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Practice. The CCT is the licence to practise as a GP in the NHS. Success in the MRCGP also confers eligibility for membership of the College.

The three components of MRCGP are:

  • Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
  • Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)
  • Workplace-based Assessment (WPBA).

Exam & Scheduling Information

Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)

The AKT is a summative assessment of the knowledge base that underpins independent general practice within the United Kingdom, and takes the form of a 190 minute 200-item computer-based test. Approximately 80% of items are on clinical medicine, 10% on critical appraisal and evidence based clinical practice and 10% on health informatics and administrative issues.

The test will be available three times a year (January/February, April/May and October/November) at any Pearson VUE test centre in the UK. Candidates must register for the MRCGP through the RCGP website, then apply to take the AKT, paying the appropriate fee, before booking a test centre with Pearson VUE.

Scheduling your test centre

Having booked for the AKT online via the RCGP website, you will have received an email confirming your application. This will also explain the next stage in the process, to book a specific test centre with Pearson VUE, which can be done online or over the telephone. Please allow two business days from the date of your application with the RCGP before scheduling your test centre.

Rescheduling or cancelling your test

Sign in to your Pearson VUE account if you wish to reschedule your test (to a different time or a different test centre). However this must be completed within the test centre booking period as defined by RCGP.

Please note that any subsequent cancellation of your appointment must be effected through the RCGP. Contact

Last updated 2019-11-07