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. Proud to help support Cumbria NHS Trust

04 August 2017

MCQBank was approached by Cumbria NHS Trust to help support their EEA GP’s in preparation for the GP I&R exam. We are proud and privileged to be chosen to offer our support to help a local community recruit much-needed GPs.

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. Site update 2017

27 July 2017

Adjustments made to content:
  • Updated GMC 2017 confidentiality guidance
  • Hepatitis B vaccine to be added to Child Imms Schedule Autumn 2017
  • Updated COPD questions to take into account latest GOLD guidelines
New content added:
  • 9 more SBAs for the SRA exam.
  • 2 more SBAs for the PLAB exam.
  • 1x SJT for SRA exam.
  • 4 actual stage 3 scenarios.

And the best bit is we have reduced our GP entry subscription prices by 10% in view of the continued 1% pay increase cap for NHS staff - see our price list!


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. New BTS asthma guidelines

30 September 2016

We have updated our asthma questions and feedback to take into account the new BTS Asthma guidelines Sep 2016.

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. Site security upgraded to HTTPS

17 September 2016

In the last week, our IT team have been working hard to upgrade our site to HTTPS for your added security. You may notice the green padlock in your addres bar. This means that traffic between our server and your browser is encrypted offering you enhanced protection whenever you register, login or make a payment.

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. Change to MenC conjugate vaccine given at three months of age

01 July 2016

Questions updated to take into account the removal of the infant dose of meningococcal serogroup C (MenC) conjugate vaccine given at three months from 1 July 2016.

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. Site update 2016

01 May 2016

Adjustments made to content:
  • NICE NG28 (Dec 2015) - Type 2 diabetes in adults: management guidelines
  • New Alcohol Guidance 2016
  • New cancer guidelines NG12 (Jun 2015)
  • New UKMEC 2016 contraception guidelines
  • Antenatal changes:
    • Whooping cough immunisation from 20+ wks in pregnancy
    • Rubella no longer being tested for in pregnancy
  • Stage 3 Videos now play on mobile devices.
New content added:
  • Added 66 "high-yield" clinical questions from the "actual stage 2 exam".
  • Added 24 SJTs including 2 from the actual stage 2 exam.
  • Added 4 actual stage 3 scenarios from the 2016 entry exam.

We have also introduced a more flexible pricing scheme that takes into account the duration of your subscription.


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. Introduction of MenB immunisation for infants

06 September 2015

Questions updated to include the Introduction of MenB immunisation for infants as part of the routine schedule in England from 1 September 2015.

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. Site Update

20 May 2015

With GP ST entry round 2 now out the way, we are updating our site with the following:
  • 20x 10min full-length video consultations!
  • All 8 stage 3 scenarios from R1 GP ST 2015 entry taking our stage 3 scenario count to 77!
  • 9 SJTs from the recent stage 2 exam taking our SJT question count to 150!
We plan to offer Round 1 specific subscriptions very shortly ...

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. SJTs - DNACPR ruling

01 November 2014

Our SJTs featuring the topic of DNACPR have been reviewed and modified in light of the recent Guidance from the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing in Oct 2014 that took into account the Court of Appeal judgement in the Tracey vs Cambridge case June 2014.

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. Yet more questions added!

10 August 2014

As part of our summer improvement programme we have added a further 20 SBA clinical questions to our GP Stage 2 question bank and updated our CKD questions with recently published NICE guidance on Chronic Kidney Disease.

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. Reset Peer Comparison Charts

28 May 2014

We have reset the peer comparison graphs for the 2014/15 season to ensure that your performance will be matched against current candidates and not previous candidates. The graphs are calculated weekly on a Sunday and then replotted.
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. Questions added & updated

15 May 2014

We have added 13x GP entry stage 2 SJTs, 6x GP entry stage 2 clinical SBA, 6x Medical student SJTs & 8x GP entry stage 3 scenarios (all the 2014 scenarios).

We have updated our GP entry stage 2 & PLAB mcqs to take into account:
  • NICE CG172 (Nov 2013)  MI - secondary prevention: secondary prevention in primary and secondary care for patients following a myocardial infarction.
  • NICE CG176 (Jan 2014)  Head injury: Triage, assessment, investigation and early management of head injury in children, young people and adults.
  • NICE CG177 (Feb 2014)  Osteoarthritis: Care and management in adults.
  • NICE CG178 (March 2014)  Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults: treatment and management.

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. New Server

01 May 2014

Due to increasing numbers of customers we have outgrown our old server which was a "shared server". We have now migrated to a "dedicated server" which means all the bandwidth is now allocated to our customers only which means a faster and more reliable service.

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. You said, We did

28 August 2013

We have been busy again during the summer break:

  • Added a search function to the test history so that you can search through your questions and feedback for keywords.
  • Updated our SJT questions to take into account:
    • New GMC “Good Medical Practice (2013)” guidance.
    • Controversy regarding the Liverpool Care Pathway.
    • The lifting of the HIV ban on healthcare workers performing exposure prone procedures.
  • Added more stage 3 scenarios – we have included all the scenarios used for 2013 entry - a big thanks to last year's candidates!
  • Added to our PLAB SBA question bank so that we now have the largest online question bank for the PLAB exam!


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. Reset Performance Data

21 May 2013

We have reset the performance graphs to ensure that your performance will be matched against current candidates and not previous candidates. The graphs are calculated weekly on a Sunday and then replotted.

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. Medical students job offers withdrawn after exam marking error

27 February 2013

Thousands of medical students face having their first hospital job offer withdrawn due to marking errors in their exams. On Monday more than 7,000 final year students were told the region they were assigned to as junior doctors. However, a day later the examining body, the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO), withdrew all offers due to flaws in the scoring system. The UKFPO announced on Tuesday that it had discovered "a potential error in the scanning process of the situational judgement test" and promised to manually re-mark all the affected sheets within a week.

Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21606004

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. More questions added

20 November 2012

We have just added 99 clinical SBA questions to our questions banks at no extra charge to our existing subscribers! We now offer 1457MCQs for GP entry!

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. Latest Site Additions

27 October 2012

We have had a busy couple of months!

We have taken on board your feedback from last year:
  • We have reviewed all out Stage 2 questions to keep them up to date, removed those questions which received poor feedback and replaced them.
  • Added 6 more scenarios to Stage 3 from last year's assessment.
  • Added performance charts so that you can compare yourself to your peers.
  • A more user-friendly test history page to review your previous tests and feedback.
  • We have kept our prices the same as last year.
  • Welcomed 2 freelance writers who have added PLAB and medical student SJT questions to our bank of questions.
  • Over the next couple of months we aim to add 100 more clinical questions to our GP stage 2 questions...

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. MCQBank Competition 2012

24 March 2012

Well done to Elaine Hodgson for winning the MCQBank competition this year. Top 5 scores we received:

Name Clinical Problem  Professional Dilemma Overall
Elaine Hodgson 318 321 639
Simon Bourne 307 314 621
Danielle Abbott 307 311 618
Fiona Gillan 284 317 601
Emma Harker 307 294 601



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. New NICE Hypertension 2011 Guidelines

24 October 2011

Please be aware that there are new hypertension guidelines published by NICE  in August 2011 - we have just updated our cardiology &  pharmacology questions to take into account the changes.

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. Stage 2 MCQs updated

01 September 2011

We have just finished updating all our Stage 2 MCQs to take into account latest guidance.

We update our MCQs regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information when preparing for your exam.

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. Stage 3 scenarios updated

24 June 2011

We have just finished updating our Stage 3 scenarios!

We now offer 45 scenarios:

15 Written Exercise - including 2 actual scenarios used for 2010 entry and all 3 actual scenarios used for 2011 entry

30 Simulated Consultations - 10 each with a Patient, Relative & Colleague (including all 9 scenarios used for 2011 entry)

Each comes with detailed feedback to help you improve your performance

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. Final date to submit your application form

16 December 2010

GPST Entry 2011 Applications

Don't forget to submit your application form by Midnight Sunday 19th December 2010 if you haven't done so already.

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. 5 more scenarios added to Stage 3

30 November 2010

5 simulated consultations have just been added to our Stage 3 scenarios

In view of the modified Stage 3 assessment we have added 5 more scenarios to help you prepare. These include 2 actual scenarios from last year's Stage 3 given to us by last years' candidates!

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. GP Recruitment 2011 Applications can be submitted from tomorrow!

21 November 2010

GP Recruitment 2011 Applications can be submitted from tomorrow!

The GP application form can be submitted from tomorrow at 9am. Good luck to all those applying!

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. Changes to the GP ST Recruitment process for 2011

12 October 2010


Stage 2


This will now be a computerised based assesment (in keeping with the nMRCGP AKT assessment) as opposed to the traditional pen & paper assessment. The questions will be of a similar format to recent years.

Stage 3

The Group Exercise has been dropped. Instead, candidates will now have to do 3 simulated consultations and 1 written exercise.

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. GP ST Entry 2011

23 July 2010

GP ST Entry 2011

National Recruitment Office for GP training has published the Recruitment Calender for GP ST Entry 2011.

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. GP Recruitment - Round 2

12 March 2010

GP Recruitment - Round 2

If you did not apply for Round 1, you may apply again for any remaining places in Round 2. Applications can be submitted from 9.00am Thursday 1st April 2010 until Midnight Sunday 18th April 2010.

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. Stage 2 Results

18 February 2010

Stage 2 Results - 18th Feb 2010


Many of you will have received your Stage 2 results by today. Congratulations if you have been shortlisted. Don't forget to book your place at your SAC by the 23rd February 2010.

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. Stage 3 scenarios

14 February 2010

This year, we are offering 30 online scenarios for Stage 3 (10 written exercise, 10 patient simulation & 10 group exercise), each with detailed feedback written by our team of practicising GPs. We are offering the 1st 200 customers a discounted price of £25 rather than our RRP of £39.

Please feel free to take a sample test (limited to 3 scenarios).


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. Foundation Competence evidence due 11th Jan 2010

07 January 2010

Evidence of your Foundation Competence (if applicable - see below taken from the National Recruitment Office for GP Training website) if not attached to the application form is due to your first choice deanery by 11th Jan 2010.

Demonstrating Achievement of Foundation Competency:

If you are currently undertaking a foundation programme in the UK, you will be asked to confirm the name of your Foundation School on your application form. You do not need to do anything else. Any offer of a programme will be conditional upon you successfully completing this programme and being awarded an FACD 5.2 before August 2010.

If you have undertaken a UK foundation programme within the last 3 years – ie. since 1st August 2007, you will be asked to confirm that you have been awarded an FACD 5.2. You will be able to attach a scanned copy to your application. You will be expected to provide the original certificate when you attend Selection Centre.

If you have not undertaken a UK foundation programme within the last 3 years – i.e. since 1st August 2007, then you will need to submit alternative evidence by asking a Consultant who has supervised you for at least 3 months since 1st August 2007 to attest to your achievement of foundation competency. There are two "Alternative Certificates" available for download; one for specialties with acute medical responsibilities and one for specialties without acute medical responsibilities. You will need to submit the appropriate certificate to the NRO for assessment once you have submitted your application. See Appendix 3 for a list of specialties with & without acute medical responsibilities.

If you are unable to provide any of the above because, for example, you have not worked since 1st August 2007 then you are advised to secure a second year UK foundation programme post before applying for a GP specialty training programme. Alternatively, you could secure a post that will enable you to demonstrate foundation competency to someone who could then provide you with an "Alternative Certificate", eg. A locum or Trust post or FTSTA post.

Refugee doctors may have less access to standardised documentation and in some cases may not be able to obtain an "Alternative Certificate". If you are unable to provide any of the above because of your Refugee status, you should contact your first choice postgraduate deanery for advice before submitting your application. Refugee doctors should provide an Alternative Certificate wherever possible.


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. January Sale!

31 December 2009

The price of subscribing until the day of your exam has been reduced from £55 to £39 as from 1st January 2010. 


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. 10% discount - Offer ends 13th Dec 09

08 December 2009

Get a 10% discount off our popular "stay subscribed until the day of your exam" GP recruitment package if you purchase it by 13th Dec 09. Pay now and don't worry about trying to cram all your revision for the GP Recruitment exam in one month! Go to the sign in page, register for an account and then choose the discounted package.

14/12/09 - Offer now extended until the end of the year due to popular demand!


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. 7th Dec 09 - GP ST Application opens!

21 November 2009

The online application for GP Recruitment can be filled in and submitted via the National Recruitment Office for GP Training Website from the 7th December 2009. The final date for submission is Midnight Sunday 20th December 2009 giving you only 2 weeks to get your GP Recruitment application sorted!



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