Hello my fellow test takers,
After studying diligently for about 6 weeks every day, after work, during lunch breaks, at night time and during the weekend, I can honestly say that it payed off! I took my first exam yesterday and passed. I wanted to share a few pointers and strategies that worked for me and hopefully will help you as well:
1. This NCARB Community is your friend. As I began to prepare for this exam, I used this community as a starting point and would look through all of the posts every couple of days to see if there was any new more input that I should know about before walking into the test center.
2. Study from the resources NCARB mentions in the Handbook! We have all spent many hours researching what is the best study guide to study from, but NCARB is actually telling you what to study for with their resource list. Use this as your main focus.
3. I used the AIA Contracts, Architect Exam Prep Study Guide, Designer Hacks quizzes and Kevin Griendling's Pluralsight videos as complementary study material. The audio material is great for when you are working on doing laundry, and it mentions some key concepts from the AHPP that are a little hard to read through. I also watched some of the PcM videos for relevant topics for this exam, which was helpful to understand some important concepts for PjM.
4. In terms of scheduling the exam, I was told by a coworker to take it Monday morning (since this way you have the entire weekend to study and all of the information is fresh in your head) and it was very good advice. I spent last week going over major concepts for the exam and did as many practice quizzes as I could over the weekend.
5. Even though this exam is not about memorization, there are a few conversions from feet to yards to acres that you should know. Just make sure you know the conversion factors for these three things and with cross multiplication you will be fine.
I hope this helps and good luck to everyone!
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