PA Fail: What to Expect and Thoughts on the New Whiteboard

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    Julie Foley

    Thanks for sharing your experience Mara! I'm sorry to hear you didn't pass. 

    I appreciate all of your feedback. I have my first attempt at this one next week. I agree with you that knowing *what* to study for this one is tough! The ARE Handbook does a decent job explaining what each objective and sub objective expect, but they also seem to overlap significantly. There are few facts for us to memorize but everything seems to be about analyzing the information in front of us in each question.

    I've heard Walking the ARE practice exam and Elif's AREQuestions are good source material too - for the practice exams.

    I wish you luck on your next attempt!

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    Mara Celina Caoile

    Thanks Julie! I will definitely check those source materials out. Never heard of them before. Good luck on your test!

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    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    I failed twice already, and I agreed about all the wordy length on the question that really got me all frustrated; I wasn't expecting that much really and my first reaction was not wanting to go go through the whole exam as I should, that didn't help. I have a friend in Florida who already the whole ARE, he recommended me Eliff, they all really good> Taking the time (minimum already) is crucial, knowing to match what they are asking and what they are giving you, what information is a distractor and what is not. I think one moth is not enough, I gave my self 5 months at the beginning now I am thinking maybe two to be in the safe. I had to wait the whole January when I took my exam on December because of the cut score (even when I was sure that I failed I had some remote hope)

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    Erin Hickey

    Hi Mara, I took PA yesterday and the same exact thing happened to me! I agree with your analysis of the exam and used the same study materials. I am thinking of looking into Elif’s questions, Hyperfine, or WeARE. I also have heard that people recommend reading the Ballast PPD section. I really think the key to this exam is finding a lot of those puzzle practice questions because I was not prepared for those. One video you could check out that I found very applicable to the exam was Marina Curac’s YouTube video where she goes through sample PA questions. I also used Erik Walker’s Walking ARE practice exam that I thought was good. Good luck; we will pass eventually!

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    Aleksandar Stojkovic

    Thanks for reminding to practice with the white board. Unfortunately, it plays a bigger role in the exam than I think it should.

    One reason I think scratch paper is much better than the white board is because on the digital whiteboard you can't write fractions the same way you can on a piece of scratch.

    If you are studying with scratch paper, than when you take the exam, it will through you off balance that you can't represent "math" (or at least it's more difficult to do so) that it would be the regular way with good old pencil and paper.

     

     

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    Dennis Khambai

    Hi Mara,

    Thanks for the tips!

    One of my friends who passed all the exams highly recommended these practice questions. Thought I would share.

    arequestions.com

    good luck!

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