I'm also starting to study for the June 2011 test. I took the September 2009 exam after studying for about 3 months, during which time I was also recovering from a spine fusion, and I didn't do as well as I wanted. This time around I'm healthy and giving myself plenty of time to study.
Whoa! I was considering getting spinal fusion for my L4-L5 region but decided against it because I didn't want to miss out on the December test. Now that I'm postponing to June, I'm re-considering it. Might do lots of back exercises instead and hope the problem goes away by itself.
How did you do in Sept 09 and what's your score range at the moment? Also, how did you bust up your spine?
153 in Sept 09. Wasn't happy at all. I thought about retaking the exam this year, but had some other life changes going on this year and moved to Boston from Western NY. I haven't started studying yet, I just received a stack of test prep materials in the mail this past week and I'm coming up with my study plan today while I'm home for the holiday. I return to Boston tomorrow and I'll start studying on Monday.
No idea how I messed up my spine. I played sports throughout high school and always had back pain. After high school I spent some time in the Marines and Marine ROTC and it was during undergrad that I had my first surgery on L4 and L5. Lost my ROTC scholarship to medical disqualification. The problem returned and I had the fusion last year. I feel great now, I have rough days where it aches pretty bad, but I'm satisfied with the outcome of the second surgery.