that you can rely upon their notes they are speaking of PASSING the class. I'm someone who is crushed if I get less than a 95% on an exam and RARELY are the notes sufficient to obtain those kind of grades. If your textbook is insufficient consider visiting your library (or the schools
) to see if you can find a better one. Also, realize that SOME schools will SELDOM update their tests. Thus, the qustions will be drawn from a PREVIOUS edition (rather than the one assigned to your class). This can make getting the answers correct almost impossible. I know for a fact that Ivy Tech in Indianapolis does this with their advanced A&P classes.
Also some schools are just plain harder than others. I brought one of my wife's old A&P tests on the CNS to my current physiology instructor (a Phd who has written/co written several A&P text books). She indicated that she was dubious as to whether or not SHE could score an "A" on that exam. The reason was that there were numerous PATHOPHYSIOLOGY type questions. Here's an example of a question on her test:
A patient has suffered a stab wound to the middle of the back around T-7 resulting in damage to the spinal cord on the left side between eight and ten o'clock in the lateral funiculus areas.
The patient would be unable to:
A. Sense light touch from the left leg.
B. Voluntarily contract muscles of the right leg.
C. Sense cutaneous temperature changes from the right leg.
D. Demonstrate myotatic reflexes of the right leg.
E. None of the above
The key indicates that the correct anser is "C" but does not indicate why (damage to lateral spinothalamic tract maybe?). In any case this type of question constituted 70% of that exam for her.