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    Hang Cho

    Why don't you sign up Young Architect Boothcamp & Amber Video?

    It may be ideal for someone like you with experience.

    Just prepare with others & take again & again while memory fresh & with little more input till pass.

    (I passed PcM,PjM & CE-credited, taking PA,PPD & PDD.)

    Good Luck!

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    Edgar Del Aguila

    Thank you for your thoughts!
    Yes, I've been looking into that arena.
    Good luck as well!

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    Joseph Petrarca

    Wow. It is so frustrating to know the material and fail the exam.  Especially when you passed in 4.0 and do this for a living!  So frustrating.  In my experience the exam was straightforward and not loaded with tricky or overly-technical questions.  the exams do vary pretty widely I think and you may have just stumbled into a particularly bad one.  don't give up.  You're smart, you know this stuff...you just need to know more about the exam and what to study.  Use your experience to tweak your studying and hit it again soon while it's still fresh in your mind!  Talk with others.  You WILL get thru this!!!!

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    Edgar Del Aguila

    Thanks Joseph, I don't think is bad to say that I felt it was more of a customized bad one!....I was really shocked.

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    Joseph Petrarca (Edited )

    I had that happen in my first try at PA. I actually checked the main page twice to see if I had the wrong exam loaded. Almost nothing I studied was on the exam. Bad bad feeling.

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    Edgar Del Aguila

    I hear you!
    As you said we better get cracking!

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    Cassandra Cook

    Edgar, your experience is unfortunately not unusual for someone with actual real world experience.  As a fellow 4.0 transitioner, with 10 years of experience, I have found that these 5.0 exams are absolutely ridiculous.  I more than once have felt like I had studied for the wrong exam because the content was so far off in left field and it is maddening!

    I now ask myself "How would a 25 year old straight out of school answer?"  That has helped me from over complicating things or applying my own experience. (ha, what a joke right?)  I also have to remind myself that my ability to pass these exams is not an accurate reflection upon how I perform as an architect.

    All I can say is that I commiserate and feel your pain because I am in the same crappy boat.

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    Jong Kwan Kim (Edited )

    I agree with you that NCARB exam is not really related with real world, but the exam is the exam. How many Licensed architects calculate the structure load? In fact, when an architect does a structural calculation, it teaches that there is a big lability issue, but there are still structural calculations questions in PPD and PDD. I understand that an architect have to understand all other parts, but sometimes it is too much detail. 

     

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    Edgar Del Aguila

    How many Licensed architects calculate the structural load? maybe for small projects, and maybe they have all the time in the world....but as far as getting your numbers just to compare them with the numbers of the structural engineer maybe, but as soon as you share your calculations with the engineer, and in the future, something fails!...say goodbye to your career. You will be paying damages for the rest of your life.

    How many first-timers Licensed architects I have known that were kept drawings restrooms, stairs, elevators, etc., for years!, since obviously their architectural experience and proactiveness didn't push the envelope! ...and what used to scare me, was the fact that they were ready to sign and seal!...not now since I've seen enough. Also, I have taken my hat off to young licensed architects on fire! assimilating and focusing from the get-go.

    I believe there are pros and cons with these tests....cutting some corners and dead ends and filling them with substantial information that will help the young architects for the real world should be the key to their success and the success of all. 

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    Dennis Brunner

    Hang in there Edgar! I've yet to meet a licensed architect who believes these exams successfully gauge your ability to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. We're all having the same issues, I'm almost 8 years into my career in architecture and I have to check what I've learned as architectural practice at the door when I sit for these exams. This has been a major issue since NCARB rolled out 5.0 but the little changes they have made have unfortunately just made things more difficult. I'm halfway through my exams and the best advice I have for you is to not burn yourself out. Make a study plan, stick to it as best you can as a working professional and when you fail, just think of it as a preview for what you need to study more. Best of luck to you! 

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