Wow, thanks for all the response (and yeah jdmaxey, that's great if we keep in touch through here).
1. RE: Review books
The two "good" review books I found (from talking to a lot of people) are PLI and PRG. Other ones seems so-so (though other people have succeeded). Another choice for finding books is craigslist (www.craigslist.com
). I found a very cheap set of books for less than 1/3 of the price. The downside is you may get "incomplete" stuff (as you would for e-bay) because sometimes, they are not allowed to have the videos or the CD's for so long.
2. RE: registering for the exam
As far as taking the exam is concerned, if you're in Category A (i.e. have science UNDERGRAD background), I hear they take about 2 weeks to respond. If you're in Category B, they take a bit longer--so you'd definitely need to hand the application form sooner.
3. my questions
a. In studying for the patent bar, are you actually writing down your own notes regarding the MPEP--or are you mostly trying to get a handle on things via looking things up?
b. How do you tackle practice questions--do you guys use the index primarily?
Thanks, and good luck to everyone.