April 23, 2017
Passed the ASP! Started studying in earnest in mid-January, using the Brauer and Yates books, primarily. Took the ASP/CSP combo online review session from Bowen that started in February. I am fortunate in that I have very strong employer support, so I was also able to access the Datachem service and purchase the SPAN review books.
Overall, regarding the test: Math was approximately the percentage of the test I expected. Virtually all of the math I had was covered in sufficient depth by the Bowen online course, so any extra practice I got using the other resources was a bonus. The remainder of the test was a combination of what I'd call "safety trivia."
For all the access to study materials I had, I can tell you that easily 1/3 of the questions were items that were not covered specifically in any of the commonly referenced materials. But then, if you look at the BCSP reference guide reading list, it's pretty lengthy so there is no shortage of material to draw from. It truly is a test that's a mile wide by an inch deep.
Of all the items I had access to for reference, I would rank them as follows:
1. Bowen ASP/CSP online course and resources. Sample questions most accurately matched up with what I was presented with in style/format.
2. Datachem software. Simply a huge volume of study questions to work from and the ability to do "study sessions" on topics that I felt weak in was a great benefit.
3. SPAN workbook. Overall the material was pretty good, but it seemed like older, re-purposed questions.
I passed through brute force repetition of questions and study topics. Now on to the CSP!