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Developing the AKT

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UK medical schools, through the Medical Schools Council, will develop an Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) that is constructed centrally, delivered locally and approved and quality assured by the General Medical Council. The AKT will have a common format, test standard, delivery process and policy framework.

You can find out more about the AKT in our joint statement with the GMC.

The MLA Board

The MLA Board acts as the main oversight and governance group responsible for all elements of the UK MLA AKT. The Board will agree the final format and content of the AKT as recommended by the exam board and agreed with the GMC. Board members are as follows:

  • Chair of MSC
  • Chair of MSC Assessment Alliance
  • Heads of all 40 UK Medical Schools – or their nominees
  • MSCA Assistant Director
  • GMC Director of Education and Standards
  • GMC MLA lead
  • Chair of Foundation School Directors
  • Chair of AoMRC
  • Medical Student Representatives
  • Lay/Public Representatives

Operational groups

Operational groups have been formed for each of the required areas of work necessary to produce the assessment. These groups are led by medical school staff from across the UK with expertise in the area. The groups that meet are:

  • Medical School AKT Exam Board
  • Item Development Group
  • Exam Construction Group
  • Standard Setting Group
  • Policy Group