1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

PasTest Online Revision

Discussion in 'Current Medical Students' started by Deltoid, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Deltoid

    Deltoid New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hey everyone,

    I've been debating for a while whether to fork out £25 for the PasTest Online Revision service. I finally decided to bite the bullet about week ago and I've been playing with the website ever since.

    Does anybody else find the questions ridiculously hard? I still think it's decent value for money, but I think a lot of the questions are aimed at MRCP level rather than medical finals.
     
  2. addy1

    addy1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    0
    I like onexamination.com personally, it is about the same price, but I use the pastest books.
    We do modular finals at Brum so I have sat my Med and Surg finals already (just got O&G and paeds to go) and I found the fact that the questions are hard was a good thing, cos it made the exam easier. It is better than something that lulls you into a false sense of security. I was getting around 55-70% on the website and got over 70 in my finals so they do tend to be harder on the websites.
     
  3. Deltoid

    Deltoid New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    0
    Onexamination? Last time I checked it was a whopping £80. Bout the same price as this Ask Doctor Clarke weekend that I'll be going to tomorrow and Sunday. Hopefully this course'll be worth my time and money.
     
  4. addy1

    addy1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    0
    I only did the 4 month sign up, which was £24 (was £40 plus MDU discount)

    The courses are no good for Birmingham students cos of our modular finals!
     
  5. rjm

    rjm New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2004
    Messages:
    1,321
    Likes Received:
    0
    I used onexamination.com for both finals and MRCPCH part 1. have only used pastest online for MRCPCH part 1. Thought was set at right level for both.
     
  6. Deltoid

    Deltoid New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thought I should write a follow-up post:

    Following the recommendation of older friend of mine, I've shelled out the whopping £47 (and that's with MDU discount) for onexamination online revision. I was getting increasing discouraged by PasTest's often ridiculously high level of difficulty, but really wanted to continue with the online revision because I think it's a really good idea.

    After using the site for a week, I'm glad I spent the extra money on onexamination. The level of difficulty in the questions is far more reasonable. I still get plenty of questions wrong when I do the questions, but it's on conditions I have actually heard of before (or know I should've heard of before).

    The interface in onexamination is better, and as a small point it's nicer looking at warm cream colours for hours, rather than PasTest's drab depressing blue-grey. The EMQ's in onexamination's give you the actual answers on the drop-down list (acute MI, pneumothorax, angina, etc.) instead of option A, B or C, in PasTest (thereby forcing you to constantly scroll up and down to read the answers and questions).

    Another big plus for onexamination is how I feel the "score analysis" is far more responsive and accurate than PasTest's equivalent. I did loads of questions on PasTest, but it kept telling me my strength and questions were in strange places. When I specifically spent time tackling my weakest topics, I didn't really see any change in my bar charts. In onexamination, I can readily see my efforts increasing (or decreasing :() my percentages in the score analysis.

    Other features (like mock exams) on PasTest and onexamination are pretty much the same. PasTest does have a few other features like online lectures on mnemonics or disease overviews and articles on how to give a good presentation. I've found these extra bits helpful, but not that all that great. The University of Aberdeen podcasts are better for learning I think.

    One unique feature to onexamination is it's news-roundup of the latest medical news (changes in NICE guidelines, recently published Cochrane reviews, etc). According to Bob Clarke (of AskDoctorClarke fame) it's good to read up on the latest medical issues for your clinical finals so you can impress your examinors with the latest affairs. I guess onexamination's news roundup will help as far as this goes.

    Anyhow, onexamination really ought to pay me commission for writing this review. As far as I'm aware this is the only direct comparision on the web for PasTest and onexamination's online revision services, and I'm putting their service in a very positive light.
     
  7. rjm

    rjm New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2004
    Messages:
    1,321
    Likes Received:
    0
    I dont think £47 is unreasonable, you'd probably pay £20-25 for a book which wouldnt have anywhere near as many questions.
     
  8. addy1

    addy1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    0

    Also, when are your finals?

    Because I just signed up for the 2 month subscription, which is about £27
     
  9. Deltoid

    Deltoid New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    0
    My finals are in June, so I needed 4 months to cover my remaining 3 months.
     
  10. Gearoi

    Gearoi New Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've been using onexamination.com, but getting frustrated since I can't choose what types of questions NOT to do. In our finals we have already done our paeds and O&G, but I can't avoid questions on tetralogy of fallot and hormones to do with babies... even if I am doing e.g. cardiology / endocrine questions (NOT paeds/OG...)

    Anybody know how to get around that? Anybody from onexamination ever got back to you about a query?
     
  11. crajee

    crajee New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    0
    Silly question - for Liverpool students, is the format of questions you get in the finals (the ones in fourth year) the same as the ones you get in third year/second year, etc? I'm asking because I would really like to get some practise with the EMQs and short answer questions but obviously the finals ones will be a little bit too advanced for me? (I am a third year Liverpool medic) Or would it be just a case of going through the questions I think I can answer?

    I know there are some books out there that come in different series/levels (e.g. EMQs for medical students, level one/two/three, etc), which I am guessing are meant for those not quite at the finals stage yet (with regards to levels one, two)? Any tips?
     
  12. Lyns

    Lyns New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Messages:
    369
    Likes Received:
    0
    Seriously don't worry about finals questions in 3rd year!!! You have loads of time next year to worry about those. Concentrate on 3rd year exams as 4th year exams include every aspect of medicine so you have to learn a hell of a lot more for them. They are the same format - 10 short answer questions in paper 3, theres 120 (I think?!) EMQs in paper 1 and paper 2 is half ethics (short answers) and half PP where you read an article and answer questions about it - this is EMQ too.
     

Share This Page