GPST Stage 2 Question Banks

Stage 2 or Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment is the second of three steps for entering GP training. You can read more about the overview of the application process here. This post compares question banks for Stage 2. There are multiple question banks for this exam. However, I will only compare the three most commonly used banks. I have gone through all three of these question banks myself.

1. MCQ Bank

Question: 948. These include SBAs and EMQs.

Mocks: MCQ Bank does not have mock exams. But it does provide the feature of self-timed questions.

SJTs: 196.

Systemic organisation: questions are organised according to systems.

User interface: this is were MCQ bank suffers. The user interface is poor. If you log out, the system does not remember on which question you were before logging out. It does remember the questions you have seen and have not seen. But if you already have seen all the questions, revision can be difficult as the system will not remember which questions you have and have not done.

Similarity: most scenarios in the exam were similar to the scenarios in the MCQ bank.

Price: it is slightly costly. But it is worth the money.

Pros: only 948 questions.

Cons: poor user interface; no mocks.

Overall: Excellent option because you only have to go through 948 questions to complete your preparation. I know people who passed the exam just by doing MCQ Bank.

2. Emedica

Question: 1920. These include SBAs and EMQs.

Mocks: 6 mini clinical mocks (30 questions each; SBAs + EMQs), 3 full clinical mocks (97 questions each; SBAs + EMQs), 1 full SJT mock (58 questions). Mocks are extremely helpful. The questions in the mocks are not repeated questions from the question bank.

SJTs: 168.

Systemic organisation: questions are organised according to systems. Each system is further divided into three sets of 30 questions. This makes it easier to study.

User interface: when I used the question bank, the user interface was not ideal. If you logged in from a different device, the system did not remember which question you were on before logging out; it did not even remember the questions you had seen and had not seen. If you were studying on multiple devices, this was problematic. However, I have been told that this has been corrected since then and the user interface now works smoothly across multiples devices.

Similarity: most scenarios in the exam were similar to the scenarios in the Emedica question bank.

Price: it is costly. But it is worth the money.

Pros: mocks; similarity with the exam questions.

Cons: average user interface.

Overall: Excellent option because of the mocks. I know people who passed the exam just by doing Emedica question bank.

3. Pass Medicine

Question: 2252. These include only SBAs.

Mocks: Pass Medicine does not provide mock tests.

SJTs: 200+.

Systemic organisation: questions are organised according to systems.

User interface: The user interface is excellent. No matter how many devices you use, the system remembers which question you were on before logging out. The system remembers which questions you have and have not seen. The system tells your overall score in the dashboard; it also compares your score with others.

Similarity: most scenarios in the exam were different from the Pass Medicine scenarios.

Price: it is cheap.

Pros: cheap price, brilliant user interface.

Cons: lack of similarity with exam scenarios.

Overall: Decent option because it is cheap, has a brilliant user interface and people do pass the exam just by doing Pass Medicine question bank.

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Comparison of the Three

MCQ Bank

Emedica

Pass Medicine

Questions

948

1,920

2,252

Mocks

No

Yes

No

SJTs

196

158

200+

Systematic Organisation

User interface

★★★

Similarity to Exam Questions

★★★★

★★★★★

★★★

Price

£44 to £85

£49 to £119

£20 to £25

 

Summary

All three question banks are excellent in their own way. Choose the bank you like the most. Also, keep in mind that this is only my review of the banks. Others can disagree and might have different reviews.

 

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