How to study for the NARM......Don't
study for the NARM!
Avoid Varney's like the plague, pretend you never even heard of it. It's full of information not intended for the CPM's scope of practice.
The exam is really nothing more than what you should already know, presented in a very circular way of thinking. The exam is not for linear thinking! They're not trying to trick you, so don't over analyze the questions.
The biggest thing to remember is the exam is intended for all styles of practice, from licensed and regulated to illegal, from the formally educated to the empirical. So when choosing your answers, think beyond what is the accepted scope of practice in your community and beyond what you feel comfortable with or how you want to practice. For example, in Florida, we "have" to transport or transfer a breech, so when the exam asks you what do you do when you discover a presenting butt in labor, the answer is not "transport", but what is appropriate management of a breech birth.
The questions are mostly scenarios, and there are typically 3 or 4 questions about a particular scenario. Read all the questions before answering. Imagine that there is a real, live, pregnant woman in front of you.
Enjoy your night "off call"! When the my fellow test-takers were studying away, I was sitting by the hotel pool sipping Thai beer and talking to some football players from Atlanta about anything but birth! Very pleasant way to spend the evening, BTW!