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    Is there a general consensus on which is better?

    I'd like to be able to select which topics I have questions on - ie, take out specialities or select specific specialities, is that possible with either?
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    I think all questionbanks are 'different' rather than necessarily better than each other. I've never used Passtest - only OnExamination and Passmedicine.

    For OnExamination yes you can pick specific specialties, although I'd say it's very strong in general med and weaker in other areas in terms of range of questions for specialties. It has a large range of question types which may or may not be useful, I know all our exams are SBAs so that's the format I most appreciate and OnExamination isn't all SBAs. The cases tend to be either quite hard (gen med type Qs!) or a bit repetitive (I found lots of the specialties got kind of obsessed over single topics.. like Paeds is mostly congenital heart disease Qs, Urology obsessed with testicular torsion etc.!).

    Personally I prefer Passmedicine out of those two (not sure if you've considered it). It's one of the cheapest, almost everything is in SBA format, you can pick specialties, the little info they give you with each answer is very useful and best of all it's totally on the SIGN/NICE guidance for stuff. I find it very hard to learn guidelines and having a Qbank beat it into your skull is so so helpful. Passmed is also big on classic cases and classic presentations, you can learn those quite well through it. On the other hand, none of it is quite as hard as some of the OnExamination Qs which are more like real life cases - v.s. Passmed which is more like an SBA style short vignette of key words!

    Dunno why I just told you loads about a Qbank you didn't even ask about, but there you have it.
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    (Original post by seaholme)
    I think all questionbanks are 'different' rather than necessarily better than each other. I've never used Passtest - only OnExamination and Passmedicine.

    For OnExamination yes you can pick specific specialties, although I'd say it's very strong in general med and weaker in other areas in terms of range of questions for specialties. It has a large range of question types which may or may not be useful, I know all our exams are SBAs so that's the format I most appreciate and OnExamination isn't all SBAs. The cases tend to be either quite hard (gen med type Qs!) or a bit repetitive (I found lots of the specialties got kind of obsessed over single topics.. like Paeds is mostly congenital heart disease Qs, Urology obsessed with testicular torsion etc.!).

    Personally I prefer Passmedicine out of those two (not sure if you've considered it). It's one of the cheapest, almost everything is in SBA format, you can pick specialties, the little info they give you with each answer is very useful and best of all it's totally on the SIGN/NICE guidance for stuff. I find it very hard to learn guidelines and having a Qbank beat it into your skull is so so helpful. Passmed is also big on classic cases and classic presentations, you can learn those quite well through it. On the other hand, none of it is quite as hard as some of the OnExamination Qs which are more like real life cases - v.s. Passmed which is more like an SBA style short vignette of key words!

    Dunno why I just told you loads about a Qbank you didn't even ask about, but there you have it.
    Thanks I appreciate it, I hadn't heard of passmedicine!

    We have separate exams for specialist finals and general med/surg finals which is why I'd like to separate them

    We have 1/2 SBA and 1/2 MEQs but MEQs is more your standard revision mostly wanting something for SBA

    I'll check out passmedicine

    Glasgow seems to like putting the classical and standard stuff in MEQs and then random bizarre things you'd never have revised in a million years in SBA, so yay for that!
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    Having tried all three (OnExamination, PasTest and Passmedicine)

    My favourite is OnExamination especially for the later years and Finals.

    The questions are slightly more difficult and many questions emphasise investigations and management.

    Passmedicine is the cheapest, the best for learning new content and the best one to start with, I personally added in OnExamination in the later years.




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    Having tried all three (OnExamination, PasTest and Passmedicine)

    My favourite is OnExamination especially for the later years and Finals.

    The questions are slightly more difficult and many questions emphasise investigations and management.

    Passmedicine is the cheapest, the best for learning new content and the best one to start with, I personally added in OnExamination in the later years.




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    Ah dear. I was hoping people would agree

    Thanks

    Having not used them before would it work if I got one and my flatmate got another and we just swapped log ins?
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    (Original post by lekky)
    Ah dear. I was hoping people would agree

    Thanks

    Having not used them before would it work if I got one and my flatmate got another and we just swapped log ins?
    Definitely, that's what me and friends have always done. (Works out much cheaper)


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    Definitely, that's what me and friends have always done. (Works out much cheaper)


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    Do you know if it picks up on parallel log ins at the same time (and so boots out all other logged in users)? If it doesn't really tempted to do this...
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    Only problem with sharing the logins is that you basically wouldn't be able to save your progress. Especially OnExamination which only lets you re-set your history once! You'd either have to do all the questions in one category at once, never do questions that your friends had already done orrr just re-do every question in a category every single time.
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    Do you know if it picks up on parallel log ins at the same time (and so boots out all other logged in users)? If it doesn't really tempted to do this...
    Not as far as I know, (as in it's never happened yet and iv been sharing it for years).

    The only thing is you can't save progress, but I only ever usually just "work hard" (as in do all random questions) in the SBA category. So that was never an issue.


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    Do you know if it picks up on parallel log ins at the same time (and so boots out all other logged in users)? If it doesn't really tempted to do this...
    PasTest emailed me thinking multiple people were using my account. They give you a confirmation code or some such nonsense to try and limit the number of computers you are using it from. I haven't had any issues since, so I don't really know how they picked it up or whether or not they boot anyone off for it.
 
 
 
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