REAL BENEFITS, Medical Observer (5 September 2008)

The study which showed that UCAT coaching does not help (MedObs) has several flaws. Firstly there is a conflict of interest in UWS staff doing this research: they have a vested interest in showing that coaching does not help. Otherwise their job (testing/interviewing) becomes harder. Further, if interview coaching does not help, why do careers centres at all universities actively coach students in interview techniques? Are the universities wasting tax payers’ money by offering dubious services?

If ACER/Universities truly believe coaching is of little benefit, why do they actively discourage students from undergoing training? After all, what we do is offer education, like universities. It sounds like a conspiracy to prevent students from taking up coaching.

The authors admit that those who undergo coaching have significantly higher UAI /ENTER (Year 12 results). It can therefore be concluded that UCAT coaching increases students’ motivation and hence improves their school results. In fact, most students of our program say that attending the workshop has significantly increased their motivation to study.