What Is the AKT Exam?
AKT Exam Dates
Testing dates for the AKT exam depend on whether you’re a UK medical student or IMG. UK medical schools will guide their students through the test-taking process, while IMGs need to schedule the AKT as they currently schedule the PLAB.
Below are the GMC’s upcoming PLAB 1 test dates and closing dates:
|Exam Date||Overseas Closing Date||UK Closing Date|
|2 November 2023||21 September 2023||19 October 2023|
|15 February 2024||4 January 2024||1 February 2024|
|23 May 2024||11 April 2024||9 May 2024|
Book the AKT Exam
For IMGs, AKT exam booking can be done through your GMC account. Before you set up an account, ensure you meet AKT exam eligibility requirements, which include holding an acceptable overseas primary medical qualification and being proficient in English.
AKT Exam Fees
UK medical students do not need to pay extra to take the AKT exam because passing it is a graduation requirement. However, university-specific resit fees may apply.
For IMGs, current AKT exam fees are equivalent to PLAB 1 fees:
|PLAB 1 Fees|
|Exam Section||Bookings from April 2022 - March 2023||Bookings from 1 April, 2023|
|PLAB 1 (AKT)||£247||£255|
AKT Exam Topics
The content covered on the AKT exam may vary slightly depending on where you take your exam (your specific medical school or a GMC testing facility). Nonetheless, the general topics are required to align with the new MLA content map to guarantee uniform standards are met.
Of the UKMLA exam’s three primary content map domains, Areas of Clinical Practice and Areas of Professional Knowledge are particularly relevant to the AKT. The third, Clinical and Professional Capabilities, is tested more heavily on the CPSA, but may have elements examined on the AKT.
Areas of Clinical Practice
This domain involves the context of delivery of care, and includes the following:
Patient Presentations and Conditions are two other content map domains that fall under Areas of Clinical Practice. Read more in the MLA content map.
Areas of Professional Knowledge
This domain involves the generic areas of professional, clinical, and scientific knowledge as applied to patient care, and includes the following:
AKT Exam Results
UK students will receive their AKT results from their medical school, while IMGs can expect to receive an email about their results from the GMC six weeks after taking the exam. The GMC will not release individual student scores, or seek to rank schools or students based on their results. Although, the GMC will share information, with appropriate context, with the intent to improve medical education and training.
How to Pass the AKT Exam
Your medical school curriculum is the first and most obvious resource to study from for the AKT exam. UK medical schools are aware of the MLA content map and what students need to know to pass. However, many UK medical students, and especially IMGs, choose to supplement their learning with 3rd-party materials and study tools. The UWorld AKT question bank is a popular choice considering over 90% of US medical students use the company for their USMLE curriculum and exam-prep needs.