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ONtrack (review)

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Preregs have a number of resources available to help them pass the registration exam.  The list includes workbooks, workshops, mockpapers, books and websites.  But few areas authoritative and useful as ONtrack, a website developed by the Pharmaceutical Press which provides access tohundreds of closed book, open book and calculation MCQs.

I used the site this summer inpreparation for the registration exam using the 30 days’ free access provided to associate RPS members. The team behind ONtrack asked me to share my thought on it.

I found the site very easy touse. You choose the type and number of questions you want to do in a sitting, then start answering them.  A timer lets you know how long you’ve taken which is useful for judging whether you need to work on time management, particularly for the open book questions. Questions aren’t repeated unless you answer all from the seemingly endless bank of questions.

The score is broken down into the percentages achieved in different topics, for example clinical, MEP or drug tariff, allowing for identification of weakness areas.  A reference source is suggested for eachanswer.  Answers to calculations are explained very thoroughly.

A summary page lists all completed sittings and the questions they consisted of, the time it took to complete each sitting and the score for each sitting, or the average across all of them.  There’s something very comforting about seeing your scores gradually increase as you continue revising.

My only criticism is that a small number of questions can seem unlikely to be asked in the real exam.  But overall, ONtrack is a great resource that can only make you more likely to pass the registration exam.

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