Just tested on PDD.
The interface is just horrible. I spent so much time just trying to zoom and move around in the little viewer they provide. When I hit the zoom out button, it always zoomed in to 300%. Then I had to hit zoom out several times. The zoom amounts are not always the same either. For example, on the same drawings 80% can be extremely close in or fairly far out. This happened every time I navigated between tabs and when I went to the next question. If I needed to look up something on another tab, it got to where I dreaded it so much that I just didn't look up. It was so tedious and time consuming. I spent 2 hours on the case studies. I mean, it is unacceptably bad.
We are being misled by NCARB about what's on the exam. Forget what's on the handbook. It has NOTHING to do with what's on the exam. There are tons of things we have to memorize, and lots of periphery things we're supposed to know for some reason. The equations I needed (there weren't many) were NOT provided. It's also a lot more CDS than SS or BS.
The questions range between easy to things an architect could never know unless they just happened to read that chapter in handbook of interior design before.*
Tons of fill in the blanks. This means I had no idea if I was even close.
I like the hotspot questions, and there are a lot of these.
I don't want to just be negative, I feel like this exam was way better than any of the 4.0 exams. I took PPD last week and didn't have these problems. However, by way of constructive criticism, this is a poorly designed exam, and I hope NCARB considers that when they grade it. This was my 7th time taking an ARE exam. This is the only one I'd say this about: I don't think you should take it until they get it fixed.
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