Hi everyone -
I took PCM for the first time Tuesday and unfortunately found out Wednesday morning that I failed. I’m super frustrated because I studied for 3 months and I felt prepared. My scorecard was:
Business operations 3
Finances, risk, & devel 3
Practice wide del. 2
Practice methodologies 3
Does anyone have any idea if this is way off? How many sections would you need to “pass” or do well in to pass the whole test? I know you don’t need a 3 in every category. I wish we were just told our score instead of being ambiguous.
My study sources were mainly ballast at first before seeing everyone’s comments on here. I read the majority of AHPP with the Kevin G outline, but did not take many notes. I also studied the B101, A201, and C401 extensively with the Schiff Hardin lectures on occasion. I used the designer hack practice tests which to me were crazy easy compared to the test itself. The ballast exams were good review for me - but very difficult and I know others have found problems with accuracy in them.
I also wanted to let everyone know about technical difficulties I had during my test. With about 1 hour left (and 25 questions) I took my 15 min break and then returned. When I restarted, the test had “lost connectivity”. The next and previous buttons were grayed out, but the timer was still ticking. I immediately raised my hand for the proctor to come in. She didn’t know what to do and had me walk out to the waiting room. Then they said that NCARB was having a connection issue so no ARE 5.0 tests were working at the moment. Me and two other girls had to wait for 30 minutes until the connection was restored. When I got back to my test I had lost 5 minutes. Not to mention my break was 45 minutes long in total so my momentum was all messed up and I had to quickly get back into the test. I ran out of time in the end, rushing the last few questions and answering the last question without even reading it.
Overall - I’m not sure how much of an effect this had on me failing because I can’t see if I did better or worse before the crash. Anyone have any suggestions on how I should handle this or if my scores are too far from this being an issue?
Also the provisional feedback at the end was nice. It told me I would likely fail and was (unfortunately) accurate. I was hoping there would be a discrepancy. So I found out instantly and got my score report one day later.
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