Unless you were always sleeping, or cutting classes during your college days, you don’t have to attend expensive review centers. You’re much better off devoting hours taking online tests. Lots of them. Regularly. Frequently.
Boxers train for a title match by sparring rounds. Grandmasters prep for the Chesss Olympiad by playing chess. Tennis pros prep for a tournament by playing tennis. Runners train for the marathon by running. Swimmers train for a competition by swimming. Debaters prep for a debating contest by debating. Stage actors prep for the opening night by rehearsing. Weightlifters train by lifting weights.
So how should one prep for a board exam?
By taking exams! That is the principle of SPECIFICITY:
You train for something by doing the same thing.
Taking tests is superior to reading your college textbooks or study notes. Reading is just like spoonfeeding your mind passively.
But test taking forces the brain to actively retrieve, to recall connections between concepts, principles and applications, thereby reinforcing learning and promoting longer retention.
Taking online, simulated tests with time pressure increases familiarity with questions and problems. Familiarity eliminates surprise that terrifies you and paralyzes your brain into inaction. And it brings you the confidence to enter the test room with calm and confidence, not with distressing dread and fear.
“To pass the PRC board exam, you have to pass our tests first.”