Passing PA: study resources and timing

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    Daniel Spilman

    Great write-up Timothy. I concur with everything you said. Congrats on the PASS! Whooohoo! Which ones have you completed now? Whats next for you? 

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Timothy:  CONGRATULATIONS!

    I took PA and passed just a few days ago.  I also concur with your approach.

    I like what you said here:  

    • I didn't hurry through each question, but I didn't linger either. Once I felt I'd made my best answer, I moved on without double-checking or second-guessing. 

    This statement might seem like something obvious, but it really is important.  I agree -- don't linger.  Don't ponder.  You know the answer.  Click the button.  Done.

     

     

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    Julie Baines

    Any idea how quickly the scores should be reported.  I thought is was 2 to 3 days.  I took the test on Sunday and nothing yet. Still says, "Awaiting Score" and it has been 4 full business days.  

    Thanks for any information.

    Julie

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    Timothy Barstad

    Thanks Daniel and Kurt! I've currently passed PcM, PjM, and PA. So I'm hust working down the list. I'm hoping to do PPD in mid August. I like the pace of doing one every couple months.
    Julie, I read somewhere on NCARB's website that your score is usually available the next day but that it can sometimes take up to a week, depending on your jurisdiction and how many other tests were taken around the same time as you. I hope you don't have to wait much longer!

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    Julie Baines

    Timothy,

    Still no score.  I am thinking it may be a bad sign.  Someone else has posted that they took the test on June 15th and they already know they passed. (not sure of their jurisdiction)

    I have taken Practice Management, Project Management and C&E and passed all three. This one was the only one that I ran out of time and was unable to go back through my flagged items.  Ughh.  It's killing me.

    Julie

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Julie,

    Your score should be posted to your NCARB record. I recommend that you check to see if your jurisdiction has an additional delay. Check out this post: https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/articles/115000084348?page=4#comment_115000287627.

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    Julie Baines

    Nick,

    Not sure what you did but it showed up today.  I passed!! 

    On to the next one. 

    Julie

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Julie -- CONGRATULATIONS!  

    I'm in the same boat -- PPD and PDD remaining.

    PA was -- I think -- a good transition into the PPD and PDD exams.  The study material seems to get more and more broad -- kind of like you read your brains out and pick up something every 50 pages or so that will apply to one exam question...  

    What exam is next for you?

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    Nick NCARB

    Congrats Julie! Keep the momentum going! 

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    Kristina Blazevski-Charpentier

    Do you need to memorize the code (section number and specific criteria) or do you have to know the concept and purpose of each section? Do you need to know all the specifics of construction types(Type IA is this..Type IIB is that...; occupancies (use and loads), fire protection (barriers, walls, partitions and each amount of hours; , etc?)

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    Julie Baines

    Kristina,

    I will chime in but maybe someone else can back me up.  Memorize no, be comfortable enough to know where to find the answers quickly, YES! You need to understand ALL the layers of the charts and have a good understanding of the different construction types. All the information you need (plus a ton that you don't) is provided.  A firm understanding of how the code is laid out with save precious minutes.  

    Julie

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    I will concur with Julie -- well stated.

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    Kristina Blazevski-Charpentier

    Thank you Julie and Kurt! I took and passed PrM, PjM and CE because I work more in management and administration now. My code referencing days are minimal now in comparison to when I first started career, and memorizing now without daily practice would be tough. Phew! Scheduled exam for few weeks!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Good luck on PA, Kristina!  

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    Julie Baines

    Kristina,

    You must read/skim  The Site Planning and Design Handbook, even the Appendix.  Again, nothing to really memorize but you must have a firm understanding of what an Environmental Site Assessments is,  the different kinds, what the assessor might find at a site and why.

    I agree with Timothy.  Sun Wind and Light was crucial. It  should be a required reading, not optional.  You should have a good understanding of the site and building placement related to the simplest of passive systems.

    Julie

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    sushma rani

    Hi , I want to schedule PA (my 4th exam) already started studying Site planning and design handbook and problem seeking. I was wondering would 4 weeks are enough to prepare for this exam? Thanks for your insight

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