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Probably needs to be updated
on January 6, 2009
I took the exam yesterday and received an unofficial 'pass' result. I completed all of the review items in this book and studied my other texts and class notes. At this time, I have mixed feelings about recommending this book. First, the exam content breakdown is not the same as it was when this book was written. Secondly, I found a few obvious errors in this book (in one question the names Enrique and Henry are used interchangeably; the item counts in the scoring categories for the practice exams do not always match the item counts in the grading categories). As I also questioned a couple of the practice item answers, finding other inaccuracies validated my concerns about those items. Admittedly, I seriously questioned only about two out of hundreds of items.
This guide would be more useful if it was updated to reflect the current exam content (and more carefully edited). It would be tremendously improved if the answers to the questions were referenced as they are in the online items available through the NCTRC website. I suspect that some of the questions were taken directly or paraphrased from the TR texts but hunting for the relevant chapter or section is pretty difficult given the number and length of options. Referencing the answers would help me guide my studies and give the material greater credibility.
****UPDATE October 2014****
I just took (and received an unofficial 'pass') the CTRS exam again because I had not accrued ample continuing ed hours while I was attending graduate school for the past 4 years. I used the newest version - 4th edition, copyright 2013 - of this study guide, and I would give this version about a 4.5 star rating. It was a much better match with the current exam, and I think that completing several of the practice exams definitely put me in the right frame of mind. Looks like Amazon is not carrying this edition so I recommend that potential test takers seek out a copy.