After months of studying and failing PA once, I finally passed. Some feedback for those interested:
1. There's no getting around it- know your content! I had made my own notes and before the exam I had literally read them 5 or 6 times over. Like come up with pneumonics (I had to remember some very silly ones, and I ended up using 2 during the exams!) or whatever you need to do to REMEMBER some key info. Soil types, grading of soils, programming steps etc.
2. I didn't rely on third party only (Thanks Elif - your blog and quizzes really helped me understand this!). I read the 2010 ADA guidelines, Chings books, Architects Studio companion, and made my own notes. Of course not the entire books, but knowing what to study from where for which exam is kinda important. I watched Archi Corner videos in my "spare time" and listened to Amber videos on my drive to and from work! It was a comprehensive study.
3. Amber gave me a very good start. The explanations and the flash cards were awesome. But I didn't rely on that solely.
4. Know your FAR, and the usual site placement and space planning adjacencies. (Practice FAR problems and adjacency matrixes at home till you know how to answer those in any twisted way asked!)
5. I ALWAYS struggle with case studies and this exam was no different. I simply ran out of time, and I started guessing (don't leave any question unanswered). But they kind of gave the answer to one question in the next question, which was nice. But stay alert for that - sometimes the answers are right there, and also in the question!
6. And this will sound very mommy-like, but are you taking your vitamins?! Seriously, I was taking my vitamins regularly and I think it really helped me stay alert and not panic. try different things out there, and take supplements to minimize stress - no joke!
7. Also no joke, I did lots of yoga, even the day before the exam, and did lots of positive affirmations!
8. This community helped immensely. So thank you to the previous posts!
Good luck people. You got this!
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