AAPC did not update the practice exams, or the study guide from last year, I purchased it again and it was the same. They did refund me immediately.AAPC does a very good job of explaining what the subject matter of the test is. The practice exams and study guide show exactly what you would expect to encounter when testing. You are going to have to code operative reports in this exam and there are complex spine and foot/ankle cases along with the other orthopedic subspecialties. AAPC also explains:
- While there is no requirement, we strongly recommend that the candidate has at least two years of experience in the specialty. Please be aware that these are difficult, high-level examinations not meant for individuals with little, limited or no coding experience
I would highly recommend taking the practice exams and using the study guide. Treat the practice exams like you are doing a mock test, there is a timer built in.
I brought an anatomy book as my additional reference item.