I took the Excelsior A&P Exam back in February. I previously took A&P on campus about 7 yrs ago, but had to have it again as it was tool old for my program. I DID NOT want to take it again so I decided to attempt the test-out.
I studied for about 6 months, at a steady and slow rate. I was SOOOO nervous about it and used several different study guides along with practice exams and various tips/suggestions from this site as well as a few Yahoo groups for nursing students. I would encourage you join the Yahoo groups as they have a lot of information there. I would be happy to look up the specific names of the groups if you like.
The test was hard, no other way to put it. They give you 3 hrs, and I used all but 10 minutes of that time. You really have to know your sh-t, inside and out. There is no way to know "just enough" to pass because the context of most of the questions being so complex and intertwined. Know the urinary system, endocrine system INSIDE AND OUT. There are many questions throughout the exam, backwards/forwards, sideways, etc, lol. There was also a lot of focus on respiratory/pH/acid-base, etc. There were questions thrown in about skin layers, bone types, regions of the brain and their function.
As I said you really need to know all of the body systems and how they interact with one another. It is DOABLE, but make sure you go in there PREPARED to be freaked out. At one point during the exam, I started grabbing my head, breathing fast, saying to myself, "there is no way I am going to pass this,", but I calmed down, kept rereading the questions, skipping the ones I had no idea about, and eventually they all tied in together.
BTW, on that snowy night in February, I walked out of that testing center......with an "A"
You can do it, just take your time and be prepared, and use the many resources on the web. Good luck!
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Has anyone has taking this exam at Excelsior College. I'm so nervous because I don't know what to study. If anyone knows please tell me what kind of questions they ask and what I have to study. Please help!