I got a barrons book to help me prepare for my medic and i thought it was great. It helped alot. it really showed me my weak areas and where i needed to put in more time. I also got a brady work book that was supposed to go along with the text books and while that one was also helpful i liked the barrons book better.
The Kaplan EMT-B book was written by my former supervisor. It is the biggest piece of :censored::censored::censored::censored: you will ever see in the land. The questions are idiotic and never actually resemble the NR's question types.
My observation regarding the exam was that it had two answers to every question, one was the right answer, usually following the template of ABCs. The other was the "street answer", the one you'd like to usually put down. Follow your protocols, not your instincts.
What kind of pass/fail rates are your states seeing with the new CAT testing? ND is seeing a decline in the pass/fail rates from institutions that traditionally had 95-97% pass rates with the old written exams.