PA: Strategy for Long Form Questions

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    Pui Tong

    Hi Meredith,

    I have a same problem with you about time management. I recently found a website which has some really good strategy on this, especially on the case study. Hope that will help you. See the link below. 

    https://www.passtheare.com/are-5-0-time-strategy-and-guessing/

     

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    Meredith Neistadt

    Thanks Pui!  I hadn't seen this site before and read several of the blog posts, very useful.  It's making me reconsider my time management overall, I think it's something I took for granted as I got through PcM, PjM, and CE without an issue.  I guess everyone's right that the "technical" exams are another ball of wax.

    Thanks again!  Appreciate the help.  Hoping it will be better in the next go around.

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    Elizabeth Lagarde

    Hi Meredith, 

    Check out Marian Curac's YouTube video on tackling these types of questions. It's worth the hour time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzRi-1j2xac&t=5s

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    Meredith Neistadt

    Thanks Elizabeth!  I will absolutely take a look.  Much appreciated!

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    Zoe Ann Randazzo Huber (Edited )

    I relate so much to Meredith's struggles with the long form questions! I am preparing to take PA in a few weeks and just took NCARB's Programming & Analysis Practice Exam. This was the first division-specific NCARB practice test that I have taken. (The Demo Exam was the only one available when I was prepping for PcM, PjM, and CE). I was so surprised to see how many of these long form questions were in the discreet items! My time management strategies pretty much tanked compared to how they worked for me on the technical exams. Still, I am very glad to have become aware of the time management challenges for this division on a practice test rather than on the real thing!

    If you are prepping for PA and have not yet taken NCARB's practice exam for this division, I would highly recommend allowing yourself time to do so (and to review the answers!) before taking your test. I'm also planning to take the new PA Practice Quiz by Amber Book, and hope to look through some of the resources shared in this post for practice navigating these longer questions too! Best of luck to all :)

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    Zoe Ann Randazzo Huber

    Following up to my earlier response to say that I passed PA this past weekend and found NCARB's practice exam to be a very helpful resource to have prepared with. Would definitely recommend it!

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    Zhenjun Zhao

    Hey Zoe,

    Would you mind sharing the % you got for the PA NCARB Practice? I took that yesterday and I'm not ready to the looooong questions....and I barely have 20 mins left for my case study. And I scored only 51%...

    I did review the case study afterward, and actually, they are not hard.

     

    Best,

    Jay

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