PEP: Personal Education Planning

Welcome to PEP, the RCGP’s learning needs assessment programme.

The PEP on-line assessment tool is in the process of being reviewed. During this time we would urge you to read the FAQs before contacting the helpdesk. Please note that during the review period the helpdesk will only respond to email queries that are outside of the FAQs.

These online self-assessment tools help you to identify your learning needs for GP training, continuing professional development (CPD) and revalidation. By asking a series of multiple-choice questions based on everyday general practice scenarios, they enable you to spot the strengths and weaknesses in your current knowledge and help you plan your own personalised educational programme, so you can improve your performance as a primary care practitioner.


This tool tests the breadth of your knowledge across a wide range of general practice topics, to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.

PEP (Personal Education Planning) consists of 140 questions based on clinical events encountered in everyday general practice, taken from across the RCGP curriculum.

It is a formative tool which identifies and summarises areas of strength and weakness which you can use in your Personal Development Plans, providing evidence for Revalidation and CPD purposes.

In addition, it provides referenced feedback, mapped across 20 curriculum areas, which can stimulate self-learning. Because of its formative nature, this is not a 'pass/fail' test, although it does allow peer comparison and signpost you to useful learning resources.

PEP is particularly recommended for AiTs, GPs and other primary care practitioners who are interested in a curriculum-wide overview of their learning needs.

PEP is FREE to RCGP Members and AiTs as part of their membership package.

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This tool allows you to build your own personalised modules, to explore your knowledge of selected general practice topics in more depth.

PEPplus (formerly ‘modularPEP’) enables you to build your own personalised self-assessment module, by selecting the topics you wish to be tested on from 20 curriculum categories.

You can mix-and-match four curriculum categories, each containing fifteen questions, to create your own personalised module. All questions include scenarios which reflect real clinical events encountered in the surgery.

You may consider completing one module of four curriculum categories per year. This will enable you to assess yourself on all the curriculum areas over a five-year period, in line with your Revalidation timetable.

RCGP Members and AiTs can create one module of four curriculum categories for FREE each year. If you wish to undertake additional modules in the same year, you can purchase these for a fee.

Non-members can purchase PEPplus for a fee.

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For more information about PEP and PEPplus, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

For any queries, you can email the PEP team at