I just took PDD yesterday, and as many have been commenting – there was in fact some lag in time from question to question. As other exam takers have commented, I thought that this exam was very broad.
This was my 5th ARE 5.0 exam, and I realize that the case studies are what really bog me down and if anything, they are where I lose time. I know many people say they like them compared to the vignettes but I just think there is WAY too much information and NOT enough time to thoroughly analyze it all to determine the correct answer.
Specifically, on this exam for the case study, I thought there was information not provided on the construction documents that needed to be given and having full-scale CD’s presented to us on one screen sharing half of it with the exam questions just doesn’t work. From the inconvenient zoom tool, which with one click zooms all the way in only for us to waste time zooming out doesn’t make sense to me – I know people have suggested using the % selection tool but either way I don’t find it to be user friendly. On top of having to zoom in and out multiple times to eagerly find information to answer the case study questions, scrolling up and down from the construction documents to the question page became extremely frustrating where it wouldn’t allow me to scroll back down to the question and answers, it only continued to scroll through the reference documents – it took many clicks on to the question page to allow it to scroll again.
One tip to save time scrolling through reference material is to zoom out so you can see more than one page at a time and scroll through it that way. By doing this, I noticed it didn’t take as long to load pages if any time at all.
Oh, and also eat something before going in - after 4 1/2 to 5 hours of exam taking, I was STARVING!!
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