I read "Microbiology Demystified," then studied from a TCN study guide, Lisa Arends' notes, and the actual textbook when I didn't feel I'd learned something well enough. I also did the EC practice exams.
I'm never a good one to answer these questions because I love to have a bazillion study sources! LOL!
I used the textbook only. The guideline/syllabus followed the book chapters exactly.
I made notecards as I read through it and studied from them. I got an A and considered the test the most direct out of any of the EC exams.
I take this exam on Saturday...but I've been using Lisa Arends disc, Micro Demystified, and occasionally the text. There was also some really good online outlines from some college that I had printed out. I think I googled, "Intro to Microbiology" and some online resources popped up. I took the first practice exam and got a 65 (last week). I plan on taking the B form tonight. I'm getting really nervous, b/c I am in a traditional program, and if I don't score above a C on the exam, I have tot ake the course over the summer...YUCK!!!!
I recewntly purchased the sudygroup101 for the microbiology & A&P.....they are very thorough. I haven't takent he exams yet but am highly impressed with the notes/study guides from them and the prices are fair
For those who plan on taking exams for the sciences that normally require labs, be aware that should you decide to continue your education, you might be required to repeat courses where other schools require the lab portion of the course.
I used studygroup 101 for both and TCN books briefly. Micro was easy to me, I actually enjoyed it but A&P on the other hand , wheew was I glad to get a C. Studygroup 101 was on point for Micro, got a B.