Applied knowledge test (AKT)

The UK’s medical schools will work together, through the Medical Schools Council, to develop, for our approval, an AKT that is constructed centrally, delivered locally, and approved and quality assured by us. It will have a common format, test standard, delivery process and policy framework.

We will:

  • Define the range of professional skills, knowledge and behaviours a candidate needs to have achieved to be ready to practise medicine in the UK
  • Approve procedures to compile test questions and papers, set standards and run exams
  • Take corrective action if, through our quality assurance processes, we consider that standards are not met
  • Be responsible for using information and data from the UK exams to apply a consistent approach to the assessment of international medical graduates.

You can find out more about the AKT in our joint statement with the Medical Schools Council.