Welp folks, this was the last one. Finished the ARE 5 in 342 days with a retake of PPD and PDD. I wanted to do a quick mind dump on this behemoth before going out for drinks with the wife.
I was really pissed after I failed the first time around. I got hung up on one of the case studies and left 9 questions on the table, unanswered. When I got the results back I passed areas 2 (lvl 2), 4 (lvl 2) and 5 (lvl 1) and failed areas 1 (lvl 3) and 3 (lvl 3). With those results, I knew not getting to those nine questions played a huge impact on my score.
This time around, I was determined to get through it all and I did. I started with the Case Study questions this time around and was done with them in 90 mins. I like doing the Case study questions first because I feel like I can 'speed answer' the MC if I am crunched for time.
The biggest key was to set the view screen on 60% zoom and use the "HANDMODE" (finger icon to the left of the bookmark icon). This allows you to pan. 60%-80% zoom worked well for me, especially on this test. Find your sweet spot on the zoom early that way when you go to the next question and everything resets, you know where to click.
There are many great mind dumps on this forum and I stalked all of you guys this last year. This forum is a resource, use it.
My study materials:
MEEB (it's uuuge, but if you study many diagrams in this book, you'll see some familiar things on the test)
Ballast ARE 4.0 Review Manual, 2nd Edition (bought this for a few 4.0 tests I took a few years ago, still had relevant info)
Ching (both Bldg Codes and Bldg Construction)
AHPP (spec section only)
FEMA: Why Buildings Fail (I think that's the title)
My main resource was my consultants. I hung out with my structural, mechanical and electrical engineers and picked their brains on the material NCARB says to be ready for. I had my Structural give me beam calc problems, sat down and had my EE walk me through how he lays out his feed and panels and spoke with my ME about dampers, ducting, insulation, etc.
That's it for me. Thanks again to everyone who's asked/answered questions. I'm out.
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