Core Knowledge Test (CKT)

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About the CKT (Core Knowledge Test)

This module can be taken from Year 2 of training and is composed of 200 Single Best Answer questions.

Time allowed for the CKT paper is three hours.

This module tests factual recall and, in particular, the application of knowledge within the context of current best general practice.

CKT Questions

These questions are in a Single Best Answer (select only one answer from five) format.

Each question will have an introductory stem that gives the relevant clinical information.

This will usually, though not always, be followed by a lead-in question. This is then followed by five answer options/responses. All five options may be plausible but only one of them is considered to be the single best answer.

The candidate is requested to choose the single best answer in each question.

The topic areas from which the questions are derived are listed below. All questions are based upon topic areas and learning outcomes contained within the Core Curriculum for Irish General Practice.

Topic Areas:

  • Clinical Surgery
  • Consultation Skills
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT
  • General Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology/Women's Health
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Practice Management
  • Psychiatry
  • Rheumatology
  • Sexual Health
  • Therapeutics


There is no negative marking in this module

Marks will be awarded as follows:

+1 = Correct answer

0 = Incorrect answer/more than one answer recorded