Comforting to have contact with someone else out there with same problem. I studied ALOT for the CPSE through PSYCHPREP. I took it in the beginning of May and missed passing by 3 points. Frustrating to say the least. Thought I would do fine seeing that the EPPP seems to be much more difficult exam and I passed that by a fairly large margin (80%). I have now been studying with exam materials that individuals use to use for the orals in CA. They seem to be helpful b/c they aid in thinking of each clinical situation in a holistic manner. The pass rates are not yet posted for April '08 on the boards website. Do you know what they are? I saw that in Mar 08 they are lower than they have ever been. The pass rates for this exam for '06 and '07 were in the 80% and 90% range! In one month (Feb 07) they actually allowed the examinees to retake the exam according to the boards minutes because of extremely low pass rates. Seems they have had difficulty getting this exam right.
So, I worked on learning what interventions and goals are most important for an initial assessment, a crisis assessment, and depending on cultural factors and also what types of therapy are considered "best practice".... and I took my test on Sat. and PASSED!
Once again, the normal multiple choice questions were easy, but the vignette questions were hard since they combine many different, all pretty good answers, into only slightly different combos and you have to pick the best one.
For me, I think the orals would've been easier since you were allowed to pick a theoretical orientation and respond according to that theory. In the CPSE, you have to know ALL of the major theories and interventIons and what disorders they should be used to treat.