That’s funny. I passed exam 7 (I passed 8 before that) over 2.5 years ago and have studied for the exam 9 since then. My first attempt I got a 5. I am probably borderline now as well. This is a very hard exam because the questions are very tricky. The material is probably the easiest and the questions are the hardest. If you are naturally a good test taker then this will be your type of exam as they tend to ask questions based on your SAT skills and not your actual knowledge.