After passing the General exam a few weeks back, the examiners encouraged everyone who passed to stretch themselves a bit and go for the next element if one was available. I was allowed to review the questions and only fill out an answer sheet if I thought there was a hope.
While I was studying for the general I resisted looking at any of the Extra class material so I had low hopes of being able to succeed above my preparation. If I recall I missed a little less than half, something like 23 of 50.
I was encouraged by these results and set a goal to prepare for the Raytown Hamfest which was a scant two weeks away on November 1st.
I began to search around the web for resources and found an excellent Extra study guide published by the Villages Amateur Radio Club.
For sample test duties I continued to rely on what had worked so well for me on the general exam, Ham Test Prep by iversoft.com. I followed the same regiment as I had for the general, 5 tests a day for self evaluation. And keeping the Villages study guide on my table for reference.
Sat the exam this morning at the Hamfest and was successful.