Time delays during my first 5.0 PDD

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    BG

    Shawn,

    I understand your frustration. I had the same exact thing happened to me. During the case study the drawing would take a long time to load up, and every time I scrolled down to the next page it would continue to load up. I had one of the prometric assistance document the issue, unfortunately NCARB reported back to me saying that the delays is already accounted on their time.  

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    Shawn Viator

    Yes, I was told that in response to my initial complaint just after taking the PDD exam. From my 5.0 experience, NCARB did not allow enough time for delays.

    For my next exam (PPD), I am considering doing the case studies first, but have concerns that I will get caught up in those and not have enough time for the remaining questions.

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    BG

    That's one way of doing it. but remember every question is worth the same amount of points, so you don't really want to burn too much of your time on the case study to do well, and rush the rest of the exam. These exams are also about timing. Good luck to you on the next exam. Hopefully the case studies will load up quicker. 

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    Jonathan Chertok

    i'm not going to comment on what i think about this post but can someone that has posted here please give me some tips on how best to NAVIGATE this situation while testing? 

    i have done 3 - 4.0 exams but i am having a hard time imaging how (or if) i would be able to practice managing this issue. i don't want to try to figure it out while testing so i'd be grateful if someone would try to explain to me how to deal with this.

    also, my thought had been to alert the test monitors but am i hearing from the original poster that this is simply a waste of time and i should simply focus on trying to get through the exam?

    thanks for any additional help (and advance apologies for any mistakes here regarding my questions as it is hard to imagine what to ask or what is being described).

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    Aaron Perelstein

    Hey everyone,

    I recommend poking around the forum and using the demonstration exam on the NCARB website if you are looking for ways to pick up some time efficiencies. I think there are strategies to testing that may save some time. I preferred to start with case studies while I was fresh to hopefully flip between references the least. Also, searching or using the bookmarks are much quicker than trying to scroll through the resources. This method also allows you to write down any resources that may answer the multiple choice questions.

    Hope that helps and good luck.
    Aaron

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    Jonathan Chertok

    hi aaron
    THANKS
    just to be clear, you skip to the case studies somehow? or how do you do this?
    then you go through /each/ of the case studies questions and use the search tool and add a bookmark for anything that you will use for that case study or question?
    if so, how does this give you info for MC?
    just gathering info so when i take the tests i can start quick with workaround strategies...
    THANKS
    jon

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    Aaron Perelstein

    Hey Jon,

    All the questions are accessible by going to the exam summary. If you go to the demonstration exam on your my NCARB page you can see what the software is like with the sample questions in the handbook. Do this and all of this will make more sense.

    The case study tool is like a very basic PDF reader. The search tool is useful because it jumps straight to the word instead of showing the loading screen you see when scrolling. It only searches per word not phrases so try to search the most obscure word you are looking for. The bookmarks are baked into the PDF resources. So for code pages every section has a bookmark that jumps straight to that section. Again, this is better than scrolling.

    If you write down what code or contract sections you get on case studies you might get lucky and have a resource that helps with a multiple choice question. Just my strategy... I also figured that the case studies are questions that are 90% likely to get right if you can find the right answer.

    Again, I can't stress enough that you need to try the demo exam and I think you will feel more comfortable. The case study questions are just questions with additional documents to reference.

    Good luck and get testing - there are many success stories on these forums, so it is entirely possible!
    Aaron

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    Jonathan Chertok

    hi aaron
    thanks a lot. i tend to cycle through material and try to get it all going. i find it hard to have a linear process for these exams. sort of a weird empirical experiment in a way.
    can i just ask you (or others) to say what you would /not/ do in the exams in terms time? i mean i have read elsewhere that people recommend to go linearly through all questions one time and also some seem to like to start with MC just to get momentum rolling. i found in 4 that i could get through them all, highlight key words or phrases, check anything i was not absolutely certain about. get warmed up and then come back for a second or third review. often things made sense later after a second reading.
    i hear highlighting is not something that you should do in case studies? other things?
    do you find uoubhave time for a second look if you check questions for review?
    THANKS
    jon

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