Hi all, I just came back from taking the Practice Management exam and I wanted to leave some feedback to all and for Ncarb to use for future test takers:
As for me, I've taken most of the 4.0 exams and have not been successful so after my legacy exam expired I decided to jump on board with 5.0.
Overall I like the new test over 4.0, It's graphically more 'up-to-date' and the drag in place, strike through make the exam somewhat more 'fun' to take than the previous one. I also liked the highlight/strike thru feature and the arrangement of the key features on the computer screen (such as the ticking clock is far up on the right side of the screen and not in-your face). I read some other posts and some said the test was laggy but I didn't experience that on my test so that was good as well.
I don't like the way the 'exam summary' is laid out on the screen. It's in columns instead of one straight column so I can move in numerical sequence as I scroll down, (for me that's just easier)
Time limit: Overall I don't think there's enough time given for this exam. If I calculate it correctly there's something like 2 min and 15 sec to answer a question and on my exam, there were just too many fill in the blank requiring a calculation. What I did to combat this was I skipped over the "fill in the blank" questions that required a calculation and tried to answer all the simpler questions first but that's when I came to what i consider to be the 2nd curve ball this test threw at me, The case study questions. I knew there was going to be a case study question but I was caught off guard with how many case study questions there were at the end and I simply did NOT have enough Time to answer them all. I think the case study questions should be put in the front of the exam. There's not a lot of time to begin with and let us know what we are dealing with so that we can gage and allocate our time properly. That being said I will be better prepared for the next exam but I don't think I passed this one.
Overall I work in a small residential firm that really doesn't use AIA contracts and doesn't typically have large projects, so I don't get a lot of on the job experience with this and so 'THIS' (the Exam, Ncarb, and my study guides) are really what i refer to for guidance to pass this exam and become licensed. I feel this exam is helping me to better understand how to offer Architectural design services to the public than 4.0 but more time is needed on the exams because many of these questions pose a 'real world' scenario and it requires some 'real' thinking. Just my .02
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