Date:

30 May 2016

Top three tips on how to best prepare for Stage Two of the 2017 AGPT Intake.

NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NO LONGER VALID AS THE PROCESS HAS CHANGED SINCE 2016. 

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So you’ve applied to the 2017 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT)…where to now? Welcome to Stage Two of the process: the national assessments.

For those who are well across the ins and outs of Stage Two, including important information from AGPT, you can skip the following content and jump direct to our GPEx Top Three Tips.  For those who are not so much, or like reminders, please, read on.

Eligible applicants will be requested to undertake two separate assessments at two different venues. These include an online Situational Judgment Test (SJT) and a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Both assessments will be held at designated National Testing Centres (NTC) and National Assessment Centres (NAC) throughout Australia over the following dates:

  • Online Situational Judgment Test (SJT) – 13 June – 4 July 2016.
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) – 24 June – 17 July 2016.

A full list of venue locations, dates and times for the NTCs and the NACs are available via the AGPT website.

In order for you to complete both assessments, it’s really important that you book yourself onto them via the NTC/NAC online booking system. Follow the instructions provided by AGPT (via email) on how to access the applicant portal.

Once an online application form is submitted, you’ll have access to the NTC/NAC online booking system. Bookings are on a first come first serve basis.

Although AGPT will email you a booking reminder closer to the assessment date, you should also confirm your attendance at your booked NTC and NAC before your assessment day/s. You can do so via the applicant portal. Applicants are expected to manage their time commitments and allow sufficient time for both assessments. This is particularly important for applicants who wish to undertake both assessments on the same day as they will need to allow time to travel between the NTC and the NAC.

Now that you are clear on the next stage, I guess you must be wondering “What does an SJT or MMI even involve?”.

What is a SJT?

The SJT is an examination comprised of approximately 50 multiple choice questions, which takes up to 120 minutes to complete including time for applicants to provide feedback.

What is an MMI?

MMIs consist of six interview questions and involve applicants being rotated between interview stations (one for each standard interview question) with each interviewer asking the same question to each applicant individually. The MMI will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

Now that you have the format of both assessments down pat, you must be thinking “how can I best prepare for these?”. Here are our top three tips to best prepare for the national assessments.

GPEx’ Top Three Tips…on how to prepare for the national assessments:

  1. Firstly, (and quite obviously), read all the materials available via AGPT; they are there for a reason (links below).
  2. Secondly, refer to a few extra resources used by previous AGPT applicants; they are sparse, but useful (see below).
  3. Thirdly, and probably the most “bang for your buck” – speak to current registrars on how they prepared for the assessments; they’re a wealth of information.

To access resources associated with our three tops tips, check out the below links.

HAPPY READING – AND GOOD LUCK!

NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NO LONGER VALID AS THE PROCESS HAS CHANGED SINCE 2016. 

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