2nd fail PA - what to do next?

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    Zhenjun Zhao

    Hey Ge,

    I'm following up on this topic. I have my PA next and I'm also a bit lost on what material is the best. I have Ballast and Amber Books mainly and have confidence until yesterday I took the NCARB PA Practice online. I really want to know if there have another practice that is just like the NCARB Practice so I can have more "real" questions. The Ballast one is not even close.....

    And, would you mind sharing your study materials for PPD & PDD? That will be my next!

     

    Thanks,
    Jay

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    Ge Tang (Edited )

    Hi Jay,

    I also failed NCARB practice and WeARE practice. I listed couple practices, what are popular on the market. I did Amber Book 75%, Elif's questions 74% and 73%. WeARE is harder. Amber Book and Elif's questions are similar with the real one. To be honest, I think the questions are really not hard, especially the case studies, which are even easier than CE.

    The problem is that I think I did right, but I lost the score. If I get similar questions when retake at 3rd try, I will definitely do wrong again and again. Because I cannot talk the questions with others who may correct me, and NCARB will not tell me which one I did wrong. 

    For PPD and PDD, I think they are all easy to deal with as the questions are more straightforward. Fundamental of building construction is a must have for PDD, little helps PPD. You can only review the images and diagrams of MEEB and Building construction illustrated. You don't need to read the words of these great books because Amber Book did it for you. Michael went thru all the dry contents and converted them into funny videos to make you understand them in an easier way. After the three books and Amber Book videos, you will do practice more and more to fill the gaps. 

    Hope it helps.

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    Zhenjun Zhao

    Hey Ge,

    Thanks for your response! I will let you know if I pass my PA in the next few weeks! I agree with you the questions are not that hard. I think I have other problems when I'm doing the NCARB Practice exam, I was too slow for each question and I don't have enough time to went thru all the content. 

    Thanks a lot for the strategy of the PPD and PDD! Good luck with your last PA exam!

    Best,

    Jay

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    Gang Chen

    PA is a harder division because it is extensive and hard to prepare for. You are getting close, just keep trying and maybe third time is the charm. Good luck!

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Kawai Yam

    Ge Tang Zhenjun Zhao you guys should join us. https://discord.gg/mWDb4qau 
    We are here to support each other! no worries we will pass it at one point! 

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    Michael Ermann

    As you surely know, the average pass rate for each exam division sits at about 55%…so because you passed 5 on the first try and failed one twice that certainly doesn’t make you err in overconfidence! What if you had not been “overconfident” and had not scheduled PPD? As Steve Jobs says, connecting the dots is only obvious in hindsight….forward-looking dot connecting is impossible. Good luck on your retake.

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    Zhenjun Zhao

    Hey Michael,

    Thanks for your response, I thought the passing score is around 70%.

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    Michael Ermann

    Yes you need to answer about 2/3 of the questions correctly to pass…but only about 55% of those who take the exam pass it

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    Zhenjun Zhao

    Got you, thank you, Micheal!

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    Adam D'Elia

    Took me a third shot to pass PA. My advice is to go for it. Take as many practice exams as you can even the same ones multiple times and study from them. That’s important. The pre active score isn’t. Amber flash cards are great too.

    Amber, Walker exam, Hyperfine is a great resource too.

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