Submitted by Adrian
I can’t even describe how helpful the Study.com program was!! It is pricey at 60$/month, but I followed the study schedule and only subscribed for 1 month. Built my own flashcard decks for concepts I wasn’t confindent on. Study.com chunks the info into short reading exercises with a corresponding video, followed by a quiz. You “test out” of material you already know, input a targeted completion date, and it builds a weekly study schedule by chapters to keep you on track. Another great resource was the practice tests on Examedge.com. I purchased 5 for around 50$ total, they offer great explanations and are an excellent representation of the exam.
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I also purchased the Mometrix flash cards and study manual. I can’t recommend these, they were somewhat beneficial as a secondary resource, but are not setup to be used a primary study tool.
Easier than I expected, but far more difficult than the 4-8 science. I studied for a month(2 hours per night and 5+hrs per day on weekends) using Study.com’s goal schedule. Was scoring around 250 on the ExamEdge practice exams, which correlated to a 277 on the actual exam.(first attempt!!!)
You need to know major concepts from each discipline, with a heavy focus on Chem and Physics. Need to know Newton’s Laws, Thermodynamics, calculating forces on inclined planes(sin/cos), kinematics, chemical nomenclature, chemical bonding shapes, moles, volume laws, etc.
For earth science it was simple questions about earth structures, tectonics, star life cycles, Moon position, etc.
Biology was cell structures, dna & rna replication steps, food webs, niches&competition, relationships, genetics, etc.
Overall the questions are not difficult, but they span such a wide range of disciplines. I marked around 15 for review, and had a 10 minute snack break(call ahead and see if they allow you to store a drink and snacks in a locker) and mental recharge break before resuming the test.
Don’t be scared of this test! Give yourself a month to prepare, be diligent in your studies, and you’ll be confident walking into the exam!!!!