For what it's worth, i got michael ho's workbook. i read the major highlights of each subspecialty from hall's, took 5 days all day. then spent a full day extra on peds and CV each. i then did 3-4 stems a day everyday, basically breaking down the stem, asking the "questions" i would expect to be asked, and looked up answers i didn't know. and i did at least one practice oral per day with a friend. I did this for 10 days straight every day. the last 3 days was intensive, and i basically had my algorithm for an airway disaster, ACLS/code, MH, and major complication of each subspecialty (for example, neuroanesthesia VAE). i practiced basically an answer for each major disaster situation. the knowledge portion is the hardest to prepare for because it depends on your knowledge base. mine came back very quickly for whatever reason, minimizing my review time (1 week). the 2 keys to passing - 1) is to have a response to hypoxia/hypotension/hypertension/etc the basic anesthesia things u lelarned as a CA-1. don't over think it, it is as simple as the question that is asked. 2) then have a response to every major disaster as i listed above. the knowledge portion of the test, either u know it or you don't. i got lucky and knew the curves and charts they asked me to draw, and i said "i don't know" a total of 10-15 times in both rooms combined. they question to failure so don't be flustered. also, half of it is confidence. they asked me to draw something out from basic science (i can't specify obviously), and i happened to know it. i pre-empted questions and answered things i thought they would ask me without being prompted and they were under the impression i knew my sh*t. that's half the game. i dressed the part (dark gray suit, white shirt, red tie), talked the part (spoke the "king's english", no slang, generic medications not brand), and got the part. the oral exams are not hard, they are stressful. the test is set up to scare you and make you nervous and see how you handle the pressure. if you can pass the written exam, the oral exam is easier knowledge wise (memorize some lists) but is much more nerve-rattling. so good luck, feel free to PM me if you have any questions although thousands of people have passed so just grab someone that was successful on the exam and get advice. good luck and don't be nervous.