Questionbanks - which one?Watch this thread
3rd year London uni medic here. I was wondering what question banks do people use and if they're any good?
Not sure if I want to spend money on that, or should I just stick to what's free online and use MCQ books in the library?
I hear people say Passmedicine is affordable and just what you need for finals, but looking at their website it seems a little basic...
But in the mean time I've done my homework, signed up for some trials and sharing my findings below:
PasTest - 49 pounds for 12 months - looks very professional - they also have OSCE videos, SJT and PSA prep included in the bundle
There's a 48 hour free trial, so do check them out. You can get 15% discount by email from PasTest themselves through "What the Bleep" blog: (it says it's for MRCP prep only but it works for medical students as well)
***Also. in the 1st and 2nd year of medschool, so the basic science years, you could get away with using PasTest FREE full subscription to USMLE questionbank, I guess PasTest want to move into lucrative USMLE market, and they're testing their questionbank by giving away free 12-month subscriptions.
OnExamination - well trusted, but expensive? - I don't really like the website, but hey it's from BMJ so it must be good. They also have a free trial. and I found a 20% discount code ANSWER20
PassMedicine - no discount codes but a 12 month subscription to their question bank plus SJT questions is just 25 pounds. Also this is the one many friends recommended to me.
(oh and again, they have a free USMLE questionbank (www.USMLEstat.com) which might serve those doing basis science years )
Synap - launched recently, seems like they just have Oxford Handbook questions on it. Still, impressive, as 3000 questions based on 7 Oxford Handbooks, including SJT questions.
Right, so it looks like I'm gonna do the trials and check out the free USMLE ones for now. Let me know your thoughts
I always recommend Passmedicine to medics from my medical school because their questions are a good representation of our exams, and are therefore a good way to revise. I have also found Passmedicine really good in helping me learn NICE Guidelines for common conditions without staring at a textbook for hours. Not only is this helpful for exams, it's also really useful on placement where you mainly see (and are quizzed on) investigations/management plans on common diseases. I definitely think Passmedicine is the best compared to the rest (I've tried all but Synap).
Having said that, I don't know what your exams are like. They could be completely different to the questions asked on Passmedicine, in which case I agree, it probably won't be as useful. For example, I've found that Onexamination tends to concentrate more on the pathology and physiology behind conditions rather than the management, and at times focuses on more rare diseases than the common ones - if your third year exams place more emphasis on this sort of stuff, then I guess Onexamination would be most useful.
I personally did not find PasTest useful at all - I thought their questions were very generic to the point that I learnt very little, and while their OSCE videos were good, there are a lot of fantastic OSCE videos available online and on Youtube for free.
Would be interested to hear what Synap is like though.
Anyways, got a referral code for 20% if anyone wants
Revise doctor is another free qbank, I really like it
Even for the MRCP I find question banks don't really reflect the questions asked (too much focus on small detail, not enough on broad concepts), so what it's like when med school exams can vary so much I have no idea.