Yes, the time has finally arrived- preparing to take my NP board exam! I've been studying for the exam using the materials I received while attending the Barkely & Associates review course. I took this 2 day course several weeks ago along with several other NP students in my graduating class.
I will first start off by saying that I've taken review courses before- once for the GRE and once for the NCLEX and because of those experiences, I had low expectations for this course. Well, to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement! Thomas Barkley, the owner of the company, taught the 2 day course at a hotel in Philadelphia and he did an excellent job! He was engaging, funny, direct and covered a lot of material in a short time.
Each student received a manual the same manual that he reviewed during the course and what has now become my bible for the board exam. Barkley & Associates students have a 99% pass rate. He highly recommends studying from only his course material for the test. There is also an option to purchase the CD's of the live course, which some of the students did instead of the live course and some did both. In addition, you can purchase practice tests which give you the correct answers and rationale for each question and a breakdown of what you missed based upon the particular topic.
I would highly recommend a review course to anyone preparing to take the NP board exam and based upon my experience, I highly recommend Barkley & Associates (this is not a sponsored post).