I finally finished ARE EXAM!!!
I started 2 decade ago from ARE 3.0, 4.0 & 5.0.
My story, I think, is especially for architects who has been preparing ARE over a decade with many ups/downs & real world experience. I was almost gave up when I found out my 3.0 credits all lost due to rolling clock after studying Ballast 2-3 times. Thanks to Michael Riscica @ Young Architect! His website story encouraged me to continue to study!
Long story short !!!
Watch AMBER BOOK video not only study material but also his advice for attitude & scheduling for exam - it was game changer for me. And after watching amber video, if you find out many questions, I recommend to participate Young Architect booth camp.(I have been participating but no longer need to attend booth camps since I passed ARE too fast.) These two are short-cut for both time & money. I studied PA/PPD/PDD together scheduling them closely about a week per Michael Ermann's advice @ Amber Book. Another mindset change was advice from Elif in her web site - how she prepare exam - trying to imagine how every contents I studied will be presented in real exam. WeARE, Elif & Archizam mock exams are excellent sources not only getting use to real exam but also to imagine. Thanks to ARE Handbook - I reviewed ARE Handbook daily with sample exam. This ritual helped me to change my mind set to think how real exam will present the contents I am studying now. Thanks to Hyperfine! It was an great overview.
In real exam, I focused on each exam one at a time - PA, PPD took bit longer than 2 mins and PDD took less than 2 mins. I failed saving time for case study in PA & PPD but passed. I successfully manage time for PDD & finished all case studies. PDD is better exam for experienced architect from ARE 3.0 or 4.0.
Good luck for all - I am moving to LEED AP & BC+D and beyond!!!
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