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    Brandon Ramon

    Congrats! Did you find the white board a hindrance with the case studies? I'm taking the PA in a week and I'm using Microsoft Paint to practice scribbling out diagrams and writing down numbers and calculations of sf. Seems like it takes an awful long time but that might just be me.ย 

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    Jethro Rebollar

    Brandon Ramonย - Re: The Whiteboard, the short answer is 'sorta'. Similarly, I began using a fakey, browser-accessible MS paint-type website: https://jspaint.app/ to mimic the experience (the Black Spectacles practice exam Whiteboard also successfully mimics the clunkiness of the Whiteboard) but after a while, I made it my goal to basically use the Whiteboard as least as possible. It made me more intuitive with my math skills which I'm admittedly quite poor at, normally. I use the Whiteboard mostly for collecting valuable info from Case Studies to have all relevant data in one place at one time.

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    Caitlin Torrance

    One can also access ncarb's actual whiteboard through the demo exam in your ncarb account. I took PA before the whiteboard happened, but I had to take PPD and PDD with that piece of nonsense. For the two months leading up to the exams, I did all my practice questions and tests with the demo exam open in a browser to practice with the actual thing. You'll also get a sense of what is missing from the resources tabs (quite a bit, once you dive into it). By test day I knew all the (many) limitations of the whiteboard and resources tabs and had been able to adjust my test-taking strategy to accommodate the software.

    Tips I picked up: don't use the scroll wheel to zoom, don't resize the box, if you run out of space open a new tab (I only ever had 5 open), don't use the eraser tool, you have to click out of the text box (but in the whiteboard) before closing the whiteboard or you lose what you just typed, treat what goes on the whiteboard as permanent, and the whiteboard closes every time you go to a new question. But figure out what works for you, and good luck to you both on your next exams!

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