First of all I’d like to thank all the members of gcaptain forums for the knowledge they post on here on a daily basis. I haven’t posted on here in a number of years, but have always been lurking, reading and learning. This forum has been an integral part of me making a career change into the maritime industry, and has helped me through original licensing and upgrades throughout the past 7 years working on boats.
With that said, to the original poster: I just passed the Master 500 Inland test last Tuesday. I took all the same modules you listed above. I believe I severely over prepared. I used UpgradeU and Lapware. I also got training charts and a book of practice chart plot exams with explanations from American Nautical Services. I studied rigorously for about 4 months and probably could’ve passed just reviewing a few things for a week or so. A prep class is not necessary in my opinion.
I saw absolutely no stability questions, that doesn’t mean they won’t throw any at you though. Formulae for the Mariner is great book to learn stability calculations, as well as many other things, and Lapware has great solutions to any possible problem. I also highly recommend getting a copy of Bowditch if you don’t already own one. It will help you immensely preparing for nav gen, and I was able to look up/double check probably 50% of the answers for Nav Gen while in the exam room. Rules was easy, I used UpgradeU practice tests until I got 100% every time. Just know the rules and you won’t have a problem. The chart plot was pretty simple too, nothing too tricky, simple plots, Dead Reckoning, SMG from one position to another, etc., Luminous Range, tidal level prediction, current velocity prediction. Deck Gen is honestly the only module that gave me any issues, maybe because of the huge question bank, like someone said on another thread. In any case you should really know how to look stuff up in the CFRs, and just study as many questions as you can on either Lapware or UpgradeU. I failed Deck Gen on the first shot by 2, retook the same day and passed. Everything else was seriously a breeze though. Finished all 4 modules and the retake by 1400 in one day.
Don’t kill yourself studying. Although I learned a lot of useful stuff by studying so intensely, I definitely went overboard with it.