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6 Basic Pillars Of Passing The KFP Exam

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KFP Exam results are out for 2021.1 and this is a nerve-racking time for all the exam candidates.

I can still feel the stress and anxiety opening up my account to download my KFP result: Did I pass? Did I fail? Would I need to undergo the trauma of exam preparation once again? 

This would include disturbed sleep, no life outside of study and living in a constant state of stress. Results morning does bring back “butterflies” and that impending sense of foreboding. It’s challenging to think of the occasion with happy anticipation. Often true joy is simply overcome with immense relief when success has been achieved.

Well done – to everyone who has shared their success. Those surveyed have all passed – WELL DONE!

What are the keys to success? and why do some people seem to breeze through, while others struggle to get that 0.05%? Over the past 5 years training KFP Online candidates here are 6 basic pillars for passing the KFP exam:

1. Have a good understanding of your starting point 

Please be realistic here. If you’ve had minimal GP experience, then don’t expect to cover the syllabus in 3 months – it will most likely take you 12 months. Most of the RACGP and AGPT programs have an initial assessment phase. 

Look at your data and also look at your current exposure to cases. What domains of GP practice do you have no idea about? 

Start learning about what you really don’t know, as most likely these areas will take you the longest to master. They will also provide you with a good yardstick regarding the time it will take you to prepare for the exams. 

2. Access the right study resources 

Amazingly almost all the study resources required for exam preparation are FREE for college members including:

  • RACGP guidelines
  • AJGP articles
  • GP learning
  • CHECKS
  • DERMNET
  • eTG (this you need to pay for unless an RTO subsidises your subscription)
  • LITFL
  • Radiopedia
  • Royal Children’s hospital guidelines
  • immunisation guidelines

Collate the relevant resources under each topic heading. 

Make notes, highlight, revise and revise and revise until the information sticks. Mind maps, notes on the fridge and bathroom and in the car – whatever works for you. 

One university professor used to say, “constant repetition is the key to success” and we would all have to repeat this phrase in a lecture one after the other as he pointed to us. A bizarre mantra for a group of undergraduate medical students, but I can now see where he was coming from.

3. Read each question carefully

Know how to read a KFP question – what are the key features here? What is the actual question asking? More often than not you need to read the question a couple of times.

4. Keep your answers concise

Know how to answer a KFP question – don’t over code, avoid non-specific and ambiguous answers. Be clear and accurate. Unless you write down the correct answer – you will get zero marks – the examiner is not a mind reader to extrapolate what you mean.

5. Practise under real exam conditions

Practise with trial questions – you need to prepare yourself for the real thing and what better way than to actually practise putting your knowledge to work.

With KFP Online, you can prepare for KFP with high-quality cases in an exam-like environment. The cases are timed which will help you practice. time management. After you’re finished with a case, you can compare your answers with a marking guide and see what answers would gain marks.

6. Study with other candidates

Have 2-3 friends in a study group – 5 plus can be a crowd – everyone needs a turn to express their knowledge and also to listen to other people’s knowledge. Please note some people are solo studiers and that’s cool too – you know what works best for you.

Join KFP Online’s FREE Facebook study group to stay motivated and engaged with others who are sitting the KFP exam.

Good luck with passing the KFP exam!

Hope this helps. It’s often good to reflect on the beginning when one has arrived at the end. BEST OF LUCK! And please reach out as needed.

-THE KFP ONLINE TEAM

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