Generally, I think the test was a good one. It was my first exam -- I'm not transitioning, just starting 5.0 fresh. I believe I passed.
Also, I did not experience the lag times others have suffered. I'm assuming this to be very test center specific.
I was all but strip-searched before entering the testing room, which was tastefully decorated along the lines of military surplus. Very inspiring.
I tried to keep the time in mind -- many have mentioned running out of time. Out of the 95 questions, I shot through the first 70 in about one hour and 15 minutes -- then took the break -- felt like a genius. The feeling didn't last all that long as I then hit the case studies. Others have mentioned that one is tough and one is easy -- yes and yes. I hit the hard one first, which really put the brakes on big time -- the content of this one seemed a bit off of C&E. But, I do understand the nature of this exam, and it is hard not to have that sort of overlap. So, the calcs questions in this case study didn't go very well for me.
But, the second case study seemed to go much better.
I ended up with about 30 minutes left -- rechecked the marked questions, drained the clock and called it.
Hadn't taken any kind of tests in quite a while -- I was pretty fried at the end. But, oddly enjoyable.
I think overall it's a good exam, and the study materials listed in the 5.0 handbook were my main sources, and accurately reflected exam content. Everyone comes to the table with different experience and knowledge -- for me, I don't think reading the CSI Manual help me much. Contract familiarity -- obviously the main part. I'd recommend listening to the Schiff Hardin lectures online -- free -- just google it -- and download the B101 and the A201 lectures. Print out these contract docs and follow along. And, of course -- all the CA experience you can get helps a lot.
Not a bad exam to start with -- PjM next for me.
Cheers, with an IPA.
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