So here is my oral board advice now that this horrible test is in the rear view mirror. Take it for what it is worth. First of all, a little background about how my test went. The first stem went great. It was difficult but reasonable and I felt confident with all of my answers. Going back over it hundreds of times in my head, there really wasn't anything different I would have done. I went into the second stem feeling very confident. And that lasted all of 20 seconds when I was asked the very first completely ridiculous question. This was followed by another ridiculous question and then really inappropriate body language throughout the entire exam. Behavior that I'm positive would not rear it's ugly head while they were being evaluated. Sighing, head shaking, VERY condescending tone/questions and other behavior that should not have occurred to that degree. It really, really threw me off. You will be told that the examiners are instructed not to behave in this way. Understand that they might and try to be prepared for it so it doesn't throw you off too much. Honestly I'm still in shock that I passed and my deepest sympathy goes out to those who failed. It honestly could have been ANY of us. As far as review materials go, I used several sources. Passed my writtens in the 90th percentile however I am in pain management, so I internally assessed my knowledge as weak. No review courses were attended for either the writtens or orals. I despise Jensen and Ho for the tactics they use to scare the money out of already cash strapped residents/new attendings. If you insist on a review course, which I really feel are unnecessary, then please consider one with a more ethical method of advertisement. I have heard great things about the Skype course which is very pricey. I dont remember the name of that but it has been recommended on multiple other threads. I began studying 2 months before the exam. One to two hours on weekdays after work (which SUCKED) and never more than four hours a day on the weekends. Sources I used in order of most to least helpful: 1. Ultimate board prep - By FAR the most useful source that I used. It consisted of four books with 10 practice cases plus 10 grab bag topics each. Very well thought out answers and VERY helpful if you don't have anyone to practice with on a regular basis. These books were the reason that I passed. More companies should follow their lead with that layout. 2. 3 mock exams with examiners who were in San Diego torturing other applicants. One is considered to be in the "tough" category of examiners by all of his colleagues. He helped a lot and acted nothing like my second stem examiners. If you have access to these people, use them as much as possible. 3. Practice ABA exams - no answers but gives you a feel for the layout of the exam. 4. Knocking out the boards - good book but a little dry. Maybe helped a little. 5. Co-existing diseases handbook - didn't help me much. Too much focus on oddball diseases. 6. Michael Ho book - Yes, I got it for free from a friend. And apparently you get what you pay for. I give it two thumbs down. It overwhelms you with trivial info probably trying to push you towards his courses. Not helpful in any way. Please save your money. If you get a freebie like I did, skip ALL of the "additional topics" sections which probably makes up 300 pages of crap. Michael Ho owes me at least 80 hours of my life back that I wasted reading his book. The night before the exam, it is difficult to relax. I'm pretty laid back, but I was wound up like you wouldn't believe. My bag was packed with books. Not a single one was opened. Instead I went to the hotel bar and had several beers. Don't go tie one on the night before, but do anything you can to relax. The best advice I can give is to TRY to be ready for unprofessional behavior. I was completely blindsided. Otherwise just practice as much as possible. You don't necessarily need a partner. I just spoke to myself, most of the time in my head. Due to my speaking to patients all day long as well as extensive dictating in an organized fashion talking was not a problem... I just worried about what would actually come out of my mouth. Congrats to all those who were lucky enough to pass. And my deepest sympathy goes out to those who did not make it. Please post your study strategies for next years victims.