Figured I'd share my experience for anyone considering Amber Book or trying to figure out the best, most efficient way to tackle the ARE. I had no idea what to expect from the prep and exam process except that I had heard from friends/colleagues that it can be a long, tedious and frustrating road. I knew I didn't want to spend months (years?!) studying and testing, I wanted to approach the exams as efficiently as possible. I was hesitant about Amber Book because I didn't know anyone that had used it and truly followed the "one exam" approach. The cost was also a factor but I told myself if it could offset the cost of retakes, it would be worth it so I took the plunge.
I followed the Amber Book schedule - I studied an average of 20hrs per week for 7 weeks, and scheduled all six exams in weeks 8 and 9 (three exams per week T/W/Th, M/T/W). During weeks 8/9 I reviewed flash cards, the last minute notes from Amber, and did 1-2 practice exams for each test. I passed all six exams on the first try!
Now having approached the material this way, I can not imagine prepping for each exam separately. The comprehensive approach makes sense content-wise but also in terms of your time. Amber Book made it doable to completely knock out the ARE process, prep and testing, in 9 weeks start to finish. I cannot recommend it enough!!
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