PA Fail- seeking feedback/advice

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Hi.  I'd suggest doing some more readings.  Read parts of:

    Site Planning & Design Handbook

    Space Planning Basics

    Problem Seeking

    Sun, Wind & Light

    And this page:  https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments.htm

    Fill in the gaps.  

    You also need to be able to read space planning diagrams and arrange spaces quickly.  Practice it.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, B.Arch, M. Ed, Registered Architect, NCARB,  Step Up ARE Prep

     
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    Meredith Neistadt

    Jennifer, thank you for sharing your experience above, I feel similar and was most surprised by how time-intensive the questions were that I encountered on the exam.  I too recently failed PA--and likely over-studied as well--but if I'm being honest with myself I probably didn't practice enough questions as part of my study plan.

    @Rebekka O'Melia, what sources do you recommend for practicing the space planning diagrams and space arrangements?  I believe this is what tripped me up the most in taking PA as every question felt like a mini-case study which made it difficult for me to manage my time.

    Any thoughts you can share would be great!  Thank you! 

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    Kawai Yam

    Jennifer, would you mind explaining more what do you mean by "reducing Net occupancy spaces to reduce SF count"? Thanks tons!

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    Jennifer Dreisbach

    Rebecca, thanks for your suggestions. I already read the "Site Planning and Design Handbook" as well as "Problem Seeking", but might check out the "Sun, Wind and Light" book. From what I read on the forums that book is more supplemental, but I guess I was lacking in that area according to the score report so it would be wise to supplement. I also read the NPS website but will reread my resources. The space planning diagrams I got "exceeds" in. I will be attending the ARE Bootcamp, so hopefully, that will help!

    Meredith, I have mixed feelings about you feeling similarly- I'm sorry you felt similarly, but also glad to hear I'm not alone in feeling that way. I would highly recommend the WalkingARE practice test materials. They felt the most similar to the mini-case study form of the test. It was a bit annoying for the WalkingARE test to not be in a sort of digital format and having to scroll between the resources and questions, but definitely think I should have spent more time on that test prep material. I printed it out so I can more easily flip through the resources while going over the test again and studying the questions more thoroughly.

    Kevin, I would suggest reviewing the "Problem Seeking" book/ the ARE handbook to reference the sort of problems relating to Net vs. Gross SF calculations. The ARE handbook sample item #7 is a good example for reference. Hope that helps!

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