Understandably, Dr Edward, of coaching company MedEntry, takes a different view.
He is a vocal voice from the other side, frequently espousing the benefits of coaching in letters to the editor in various medical and mainstream publications.
Dr Edward says statistical analyses have consistently shown that coaching does help, and that 99.3% of his students “felt that coaching helped”.
“AMSA’s own survey found that 70% of students felt coaching helped,” he adds.
Dr Edward believes there is a quality difference between what the various companies out there offer and warns that students should do their homework to find a reputable one.
“Customers should always go by word of mouth, and research the credibility of the organisation,” he says.
“Our research has shown that the majority of students who are successful at getting in [to medicine] have done a preparation course,” he says.
“It’s just another test. You can prepare students for any test.
“The first thing we say [to students considering a UCAT prep course] is get onto the ACER website, get some of the practice books from them, and get a feel for it. If you feel you are uncomfortable with some of the areas and some of the questions, you could need some preparation.
In July this year, MedEntry won a Federal Court case against another company offering UCAT training courses, RMC, and one of its directors, Dallas Gibson.
Mr Gibson and RMC were found guilty of breach of copyright and breach of the Trade Practices Act.
Justice Kenny found that Mr Gibson and RMC had infringed MedEntry’s copyright and had “deliberately sought to disguise the nature of their conduct by disposing of the compact discs and laptop in Dallas Gibson’s possession at the time of the acquisition of the infringing copies”.
“At the time of the infringing acts... Dallas Gibson knew or strongly suspected that he was buying pirated material belonging to a competitor,” Judge Kenny said.