well i am really glad to finally say its over. its amazing how you feel once that thing is over. now i know that everyone knows what i can and what i cant tell you guys so i would do the best i can to help you guys be ready. i appologize ahead of time for not being able to tell you the spicifics but i am sure you all understand. so here we go...... i thought the exam was really what i expected it to be. yes the new format was good and bad. there were lots of thing i liked about it and lots that i didnt. i was stuck on some questions that made me really frustrated but that could have happened even if the exam was the old format. there is no way you can know everything but know what you know well. it was really nothing new or totally unexpected. meaning there were questions that i spent 5 secs on and there were question i spend mins on and then had to go over them later and i still got them wrong. basically, if i were to advise you on how to well prepare for it, i'd say know the concepts. dont memorize the decks and think that you will be ready just by knowing the decks cold. take as many old exams as you can. i think that going over the old exams helped me as much as the decks did. i had about 5 pages of notes i that wrote down as soon as i got there to make sure i dont forget them or things that you have to have written down so you can access it quickly( occlusion patterns, eruption patterns and what age) and of the 5 pages only one page was really rewarding. but you are gonna say why did i think i needed to had all those 5 pages then? well, because when i went over the old exams, i thought thats what i needed. when i took the real thing, none of that showed up. bottom line, you may end up having a bunch of things show up that you are good at or may end up with bunch of things that you didnt spend time on. honestly your luck plays a major role in it as well. i am being very careful and making sure o dont violate any ADA regulations so if you get anything out of this post is make sure you go over all of the old exams that you can get your hands on. questions may be different but the concepts are still the same. dental anatomy does not change over the years so do as many of old exams as you can. same goes for all of the other sections. old concepts and same things just written differently to test you if you know the concept. know the exceptions of the rules. if you look at the old exams, they love those "exception" type questions. ie transcription of all DNA viruses occur in the nuc except for XXXXX. this was not on my exam but i am just making a point. know that DNA viruses do thier thing in the nuc but theres always exception. bottom line, do the decks and do it 3 times. dont just memorize the answers. know why the answer you picked is right and why the rest are false. i hope this help. last thing i wanna say is about the new format. i was scared at first but i didnt think that the cases were that bad. some were flat out stupid easy and some were just very confusing. again, you cant get everything right. if you are me, you just wanna get half right and i hope thats what i didn. anyways, good luck with all your studies and please do not ask me specifics of the exam as i cannot do that. good luck and best wishes.