I passed the October test and studying 8 hours a day was not an option. I work full time, plus I had to study my 2L classes at the same time. I had Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Real Property this year on top of studying Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts. BUT it is recommended, those that have more on their plate actually do better. Initially, I didn't start studying for the June FYLSE until the 2nd week in May and stopped all 2L study at that time but I was about 4 weeks ahead so I felt comfortable doing that. When I got the fail letter in August, I hit the books again and kept on top of everything. October's test was harder by far than the June test so passing surprised me.
Anyways, typing out the rule statements was a great way to practice and I thoroughly knew them, can recite them in my head, when I'm falling asleep. We had Professor Dodge helping us prepare at Concord. He helped me address what we call is our KNOWN Unknowns, that program is the only reason I passed. I would have passed the first one if I would have started studying for it at least two months earlier. Smarter students that started as late as I did passed the June test, but I'm just a little dense and think I'm just as smart sometimes;) I figure I'll have to study at least 6 months in advance of the bar exam to pass on my first try - which is my intention and I signed up for BarPassers, their essay lectures are great!