I just took the Programming & Analysis exam as my first ever ARE. After about 2-3 months of studying (loosely at first, with the final 5 weeks being more structured and intentional) I felt extremely prepared to tackle this exam. However, I received a likely fail.
It felt like I had studied for months and then took an exam on an entirely different subject. Seriously. Are we sure some of these banks of questions aren't intended for PPD? Kidding, but not. I only got a handful of questions that pertained to what I had been studying, and more than half of the questions contained content or terminology that I've never come across. With the various resources I used leading up to this exam I felt overprepared, yet somehow I still missed out on 30+ questions worth of content?
In my final weeks of studying my practice exam scores across several resources trended upwards, sometimes even reaching over 80% (including the exam produced by NCARB). So, can anyone help me understand why most of this exam content seemed so foreign to me? Can anyone else relate? I'm not sure If I want to immediately retake PA or move onto something else. Any suggestions for resources that you found crucial for this exam would be greatly appreciated. Feeling super defeated.
Resources I primarily used were:
- Architect Exam Prep
- Elif Bayram's Exams
- NCARB Practice Exam
- Designer Hacks
- ARE Study Guide Podcast & Study Guide by Linsey Patton
- The Architect's Studio Companion
- Building Construction Illustrated
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