About Us

All you need to know about who we are, what we stand for and how we're passionate about helping our users succeed in their medical exams.

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Our Mission:

To empower the doctors of today and tomorrow to become world-class medics through accurate, innovative and technologically driven test prep solutions.


Pastest in Numbers

Pastest Users
Sign-ups to our online resources since 2005
Pastest Questions
Exam questions modified by our Content Team in the last 12 months
Pastest Global
Countries represented in our global user base (there are only 195 in total!)
Pastest App
15.6 million
Questions answered on our slick and convenient mobile app in the last 12 months

Pastest is 50!

That's right, Pastest has clocked up half a century of helping students and junior doctors pass their medical exams!

Over the past five decades there has been close to 600,000 sign-ups to our online resource (since 2005), with many thousands more having benefited from reading our best-selling textbooks or attending our comprehensive, face-to-face revision courses.

This popularity has not been confined to the UK though, as Pastest has welcomed users from a staggering 190 countries since its formation in 1972 - that's what you call global appeal!

To celebrate our anniversary we asked our founders - Nigel and Freydis Campbell - about their vision and legacy. Watch the full interview now!

Medical Test Prep is in our DNA

For the past 50 years, medical students and doctors across the globe have trusted us to help them excel in their exams. Our editorial team and world-renowned faculty of experts constantly research new ways to equip you with accurate and helpful resources which match the real exam as closely as possible, so you can approach your exam with real confidence.

We are dedicated (and excited!) to translate the latest technology into personalised, intuitive and effective test prep solutions for you. And we are constantly updating our resources, meaning you can prepare for your exam knowing that we have thought of everything, so you don’t have to.

Pastest DNA

We Get It!

We recognise the challenges that medical students and doctors face in their training years. Some of those challenges will be unique, which is why we treat every customer as an individual and strive to offer personalised support, no matter what you’re going through.

We help you make the most of every moment and we’re proud to provide on-demand support and guidance at every stage of your learning journey.

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We Love Tech...

From developing test prep apps to new learning models, we’re obsessed with harnessing the latest in tech to help our customers get the results they deserve on critical exams and tests.

Our agile approach means that we’re constantly finding new ways to make studying easier (and more fun).

Right now, we're busy developing App 3.0, the latest incarnation of our 'on-the-go' platform - and we're seriously excited about it! For now though, our users can check out and enjoy the current version:

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We're Experts

Our gold standard test prep products are created by a faculty of world-class physicians who are dedicated to medical excellence in every field of study.

With an intimate knowledge of exam boards across the world, in the engine room at Pastest HQ we ensure our content matches the real exam as closely as possible and keeps up to date with changes. We like to say that the only surprise you’ll encounter will be your amazing results.

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You Make Pastest Better!

We are always striving to provide a better service for our customers. You know our products best, which is why we actively seek independent feedback from our users. Our desire is to build products which answer your every need with every convenience.

Got something to share? Visit our 'Get Involved' page to learn how!

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Meet the Pastest Family

Our employees describe the Pastest family a bit like a real family – hard-working, friendly, lightly competitive. From our editorial team in the UK to medical question writers across the globe we work together to curate the most accurate and relevant test prep resources on the market.

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  • Pastest Staff Sam Bulcock Sam Bulcock Content Editor Sam enjoys watching football and cricket, but his time is currently consumed by an energetic puppy – Benji. He also enjoys trips to the cinema and the occasional game of FIFA.
  • Lisa Eccles Business Support Manager Lisa is a proud Mum to her son and dog. She's captivated by crime documentaries, loves outdoor adventures, and enjoys socialising and dancing with friends. In her vibrant world, Lisa effortlessly balances family life, thrilling interests, and a lively social circle.
  • Pastest Staff Brad Fallon Brad Fallon Product Manager Brad enjoys travelling, climbing, blues guitar, and Guinness. He does not enjoy writing about himself.
  • Pastest Staff Jenn Gabriel Jenn Gabriel Head of Marketing Jenn spends her free time with her two small children and their interests include soft play, jigsaw puzzles and Disney films so by default that’s what Jenn does. Aside from kid friendly activities, Jenn enjoys live music, films, theatre and coffee.
  • Pastest Staff Chris Gorman Chris Gorman Marketing Manager When not promoting Pastest to the world, Chris enjoys playing the guitar badly, winning pub quizzes and falling asleep on trains.
  • Pastest Staff Frances Holmes Frances Holmes Chief Financial Officer Frances leads Finance and HR but appreciates this isn't an interesting fact. She enjoys being outside and once ran a marathon. If you aren't careful she will tell you about it.
  • Pastest Staff Richard Hudson Richard Hudson Customer Services Coordinator Richard has a naked Sphynx cat, an albino milk snake, and a huge collection of boardgames. He’s partied with Idris Elba and held a world record in catching beachballs. He's recently ridden a motorbike around the Ha Giang Loop and is planning a trek around Borneo to see orangutans.
  • Pastest Staff Rachel Jackson Thompson Rachel Jackson-Thompson Commercial Finance Manager Rach is fiercely competitive in all walks of life. She has a love of interior design, travelling and her rescue dog! After living in Australia and New Zealand for many years she ended up in NW England…though not too sure how.
  • Pastest Staff Jenny Jowers Jenny Jowers Chief Content Officer Jenny leads the Content Team to produce first class content. When she’s not doing that, you’ll likely find her keeping up with her two children, watching Netflix and baking.
  • Pastest Staff Adele Martin Adele Martin Content Editor Adele is a Transplanted Texan who has lived in South Korea, Vietnam, Poland and the UK. She loves hiking, biking and healthy living through nutrition. Always up for an adventure.
  • Pastest Staff Adam Padley Adam Padley Video Editor Adam is a lover of the cinema, TV, gaming, photography and most things ‘geeky’. When not working he spends his time gaming, editing short films, at the gym or out with friends. He might be Manchester’s only Fulham FC fan too!
  • Pastest Staff Aileen Pringle Aileen Pringle Content Editor When not working, Aileen can be found playing games, dancing or reading fantasy books. She also loves art and watching movies (though she has no talent for the former).
  • Pastest Staff Courtney Roberts Courtney Roberts Marketing Coordinator Courtney’s favourite things are going to music events with friends, travelling and listening to podcasts on walks. When she’s not doing these 3 things, you can find her at the gym or bottomless brunch.
  • Pastest Staff Carl Shore Carl Shore Chief Technology Officer Carl loves technology and enjoys anything from playing Beat Saber on Oculus Quest to building his own 'not so reliable' robot. When he's not playing with gadgets he likes to get outdoors sailing and skiing, and will try anything with a degree of danger. He also has legendary bush craft skills!
  • Pastest Staff Phil Trickett Phil Trickett Senior Developer Phil is a husband and Dad who (as if that wouldn’t keep him busy enough!) burns the candle at both ends building great new features into our mobile app.
  • Pastest Staff Emily Woodward Emily Woodward Developer Emily is an enthusiast for anything creative. In her spare time she enjoys using a combination of drawing and painting to create artwork.

Our History (So Far)

We are inspired to achieve the potential of medical students and doctors across the globe – it’s what has got us out of bed every morning for the past 50 years.

We don’t rest on our laurels because we are always moving forward, constantly striving to deliver pioneering services to our worldwide customers and listening if things aren’t perfect. From publishing the first textbook in the UK with medical explanations to harnessing online and mobile technologies, Pastest has led the way in developing expert, personalised solutions for our customers.

We were one of the first companies to use online question banks and our mobile app is now our most popular test prep resource. Our journey is far from over.

Today we serve medical professionals in 190 countries and are rapidly developing product portfolios overseas. And there’s plenty of space on our timeline for more.

  • 1972

    Company founded by Freydis and Nigel Campbell

  • 1974

    Published MRCP Part 1 Practice Papers, the first medical revision book in the UK to include medical explanations

  • 1975

    Books helping doctors to achieve exam success published and sold throughout the UK as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia

  • 1982

    First face-to-face written course delivered at Bart's Hospital, London

  • 1988

    World-renowned Nephrologist and author Professor Philip Kalra joins the Pastest faculty

  • 1999

    First edition of the best-selling Essential Revision Notes for MRCP published

  • 2005

    MRCP Part 1 online question bank launched

  • 2012

    Online annual subscribers exceed 28,000

  • 2014

    Hugh Campbell, son of founders Freydis and Nigel Campbell, becomes Chairman of the Board

  • 2018

    Full launch of USMLE Step 1 question bank, Pastest's first US resource

  • 2022

    Pastest turns 50!

  • 2023

    The latest incarnation of our popular mobile app (version '3.0') goes live in the app stores