This applies only to the CA vignette exam. The thing
about the vignette exam is that it's complicated. Long
vignettes, groups of long, similar answers. Typical result
while studying: dizziness, confusion, frustration.
Solution: Slow down. You can try just winging it; not
recommended. Better to be extremely deliberate with this one.
First, adopt a rating system (0-2 if you're AATBSing, checks,
plus/minus, or other symbols if you're not). Then apply--run
practice questions and exams online, rate each answer in each
answer set. Then comes the part you may be tempted to skip:
Look at the rationales given by the test-prep course for how
they got to the right answer. How did they rate each
answer part? Are your zeros (or checks or plus/minuses or
whatever) the same as what they came up with? If not, why
not? Checking against the test-prep course this way is
laborious and not a lot of fun. But it works.
You're not learning content for the second CA exam. You
already know the content--that's how you got through the first
exam. You also know how to get yourself through a long
exam--this one's only half of the first--a mere two hours.
What you're learning this time is how to best approach this
very peculiar test. It's probably unlike any you've ever
taken. But it's very doable. You can pass. There
are people passing every day.
So: Rate, check ratings, repeat. Result: Less
dizziness, more licensure. Good luck!