I just woke up early on a Saturday to check online and see if my official score was posted AND IT WAS! [Yes, I did see the provisional feedback say “likely pass” but I after I left the testing center I was so worried I’d just read what I wanted to read. I was so delirious by the end of the exam, words didn’t make sense anymore.] THAT BEING SAID // I wanted to come here and share what worked for me and how I generally found the experience because I loved reading other success stories in the days leading up to my exam. To echo what others have said, the AHPP is really the best thing to study. I mainly focused on the chapters pertaining to project delivery methods, business structures, and finances. I rewrote and reviewed those diagrams and formulas a lot this past week, but I wish I would’ve started there a month ago. I also really enjoyed the format of the Architect Exam Prep study guide and audio companions. But I don’t think that alone would’ve done it. It’s great for putting things in context so you understand the real world implications of risk, finances, project delivery, etc. I loved that the NCARB practice exam looked just like the real thing aesthetically, which I think really eased some of my anxiety. It was definitely a good measure of preparedness, but taking it a few times, you start to remember the questions, so I recommend supplementing with other practice exams as well. I used Architect Exam Prep’s that came in the study bundle and found them to be very hard. All in all, I probably studied rigorously for ~six weeks. I started with a module per week for a month and then review and practice exams on weeks five and six. The exam was hard, and in no small part due to the endurance it requires. But it’s *just a standardized test* (I know, I hate when I hear people say that, but it’s true). You’re absolutely capable of conquering it, or you wouldn’t be here in the first place!
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