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For Immediate Release: 27 April 2007
Contact: Pearson VUE
Deborah Lincoln
+ 44 (0) 207 010 2310
RCGP Public Relations
Gillian Watson
+ 44 (0) 207 344 3135

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) works with Pearson VUE to deliver their Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) as a computer-based test.

27th April 2007 — The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has signed a contract with Pearson VUE to deliver its Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) as a computer-based test. This is the first time that a UK medical licensure exam will be delivered through computer-based testing (CBT).

Pearson VUE has won a three year contract to exclusively deliver the new AKT. The AKT is a three hour multiple-choice computer-based test which will replace the RCGP paper-based assessment. The AKT will make up one part of the new overall licensure exam and will be sat by candidates during their GP specialty training. It will be delivered through the network of 150 Pearson VUE testing centres in the UK — three times a year on specified days. The first testing will begin in October 2007 with an estimated 3,500 candidates taking the test each year.

Dr Bill Reith, Chairman of the RCGP Postgraduate Training Committee, said “We have been investigating the move to CBT for some time now and feel that we have reached a point where it is appropriate to make this transition. To gain their license to practise as a GP and become a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP), candidates are required to undertake the AKT as an essential part of the examination. Pearson VUE offers us an established network of testing centres throughout the UK from where we can deliver the new AKT in a secure and independently invigilated environment.”

Pearson VUE leads the way in helping organisations develop and deliver their tests on a computer, delivering some 4 million high-stakes tests worldwide each year. A computer-based AKT test helps GPs have greater local access to the test through Pearson VUE’s network of testing centres. Pearson VUE works with the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) and the American Board of Surgery’s exams in the US and the UKCAT University Admissions Test for Medicine and Dentistry, in the UK.

Paul Howarth, Managing Director at Pearson VUE commented. “This partnership illustrates a significant move from traditional paper-based testing to computer-based testing, in the field of medicine in the UK. I would predict that this will mark the beginning of a move from paper-based testing to CBT in other areas of medicine, which is already evident in the US. We are excited to be working with the RCGP to deliver this important test.”

For further information about the RCGP visit www.rcgp.org.uk or contact Gillian Watson, RCGP Public Relations, + 44 (0) 207 344 3135

For further information about Pearson VUE visit www.pearsonvue.co.uk

For further information, please contact:
Deborah Lincoln + 44 (0) 207 010 2310

About Pearson VUE and Promissor
Pearson VUE is the one of the world’s leading assessment and testing businesses. It delivers tests through a network of 150 Pearson Professional Centres in the UK and over 4,000 test centres worldwide. Pearson VUE has helped educators, professional bodies, awarding bodies and private enterprises define their assessment needs and design, write and publish computer-based tests. In addition, Pearson VUE offers a choice of test registration and online reports to help evaluate, assess and continually improve assessment programmes.

About the RCGP
The Royal College of General Practitioners is the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom solely for GPs. Its aims are to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the ‘voice’ of General Practitioners on education, training and standards issues. Its network comprises over 26,000 doctors who are committed to improving patient care, developing their own skills and promoting general practice as a discipline.

Last updated 2007-04-11