• Aileen,

The .70 (or 70%) in step one is the design budget allocated to the architect. The 3 in step one is the firm multiplier. Hope this helps!

• In other words the 30% has to be deducted from the total amount of the project. That is how they came up with the 70%. I actually had to read that like 4x to finally get that.

• Yeah, exactly!  Like why wouldn't they just indicate Step 1 as (\$300,000 - 30%) / 3) = \$70,000.  It still equals \$70,000.  The rationale even states "begin by calculating the weekly direct rate budget and REMOVING 30% for design consultants."  If what Nick NCARB states is their rationale, then this should be clearly explained in their rationale and shown in the steps.  Nowhere does it state to calculate the budget allocated to the architect for Step 1.  They mention "removing 30%" and "with design consultant fees removed."  Nowhere does it state to calculate the budget allocated to the architect for Step 1.

• Aileen,

I agree with you. Its not that clear. I hope I don't get too many questions like this on the exam.

• Sample Item 2 reduced my confidence in the exam just now. Why did the answer round down from 20.625 to 20?! If I saw that there was no option for 21 hours on the exam answer, I would second guess my calculations and try in vein to re-work my math.

And why did NCARB come up with the comment for the remaining \$25 each week for a latte? This is an exam that will dictate our future. You people are joking around with the sample problems that I'm relying on as examples of what to expect on the exam!? This would be funny normally, but this kind of light-hardheartedness won't factor into the exam results.

• Richard -

No, lightheartedness is not factored into your exam results, but you should have a little while studying for these exams or you are going to go crazy.  I know from experience.  We could have just have easily replaced "buy each team member a latte" with "replace the toner" or "purchase trace paper," but we know most architect's live on a steady diet of coffee.

As for why 20 hours was used, all of the available answer choices are increments of 5 hours.  Since the correct answer is 20.65 hours, then the most reasonable budget number to use of the available choices is 20 hours.  Using 25 would put you over-budget, and over-budget is never a good thing as a project manager.

If this item were a QFIB item and you were to enter the correct value, then 20.65 would be an appropriate answer, as would 20, 20.7, or 21.

• Has anyone noticed the chart numbers are very deceiving?  There is only one "40" and you are suppose to use it two times.  The answer chart removes the "40" but not the other numbers used.  Very confusing.

• Hey Sarah,

It's certainly not meant to be deceiving or confusing.  The "drag and place" nature of this item and the available numbers to place makes a little more sense on an actual exam than it does on a static page like this.  There are multiple instance of each number that you could drag over, but the correct answer requires you to use both instances provided of the 40.  If the correct answer required two "30s" then that number would be gone from the chart.  Does that make sense?  Helpful?

• I actually thought that the mention of spending the additional \$25 on a latte was a nice touch. It's now my new favorite drink at Starbucks. I hadn't tried it before.