Applied knowledge test (AKT)

The applied knowledge test (AKT) is a written assessment of applied clinical knowledge. It's one of the two components of the MLA, alongside the clinical and professional skills assessment (CPSA).

UK medical schools are working together, through the Medical Schools Council (MSC), to set and administer a GMC-regulated national AKT. The medical school (MS) AKT will be delivered for all students graduating from UK medical schools in their penultimate, or final, year of study.

The MS AKT will be constructed centrally by medical schools collaborating together, and delivered locally. It will be regulated and quality assured by us, and have a common format, test standard, delivery process and policy framework.

We'll oversee the MS AKT’s central design and development for quality, consistency, and fairness; and quality assure the exam against a set of published AKT requirements.

Further detail can be found in your proposal document, which was coordinated and submitted by MSC in May 2021 - and approved by our Council - in June 2021.

AKT requirements

The AKT requirements, available under AKT downloads below, were published as an annex to the MLA framework and circulated to you in March 2021. They specify the requirements that an AKT must meet for it to count towards a student's MLA.

The requirements were developed in collaboration with stakeholders and with the advice of independent assessment experts.

Quality assuring your AKT: next steps

The deadline for you to update your AKT narrative and evidence is Friday 5 January 2024.  This will allow us to make a decision on whether your school’s MS AKT submission meets our AKT requirements before 1 May 2024.

Please send your updated documents, alongside any additional evidence, to:

Our MLA decision making and publication process is undertaken in batches, with documents finalised and uploaded in a staged process, up until summer 2024.

Our compliance report page will be updated with final reports as and when available.

AKT downloads