NCARB is frustrating! PCM Fail and Errors on the test

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    Rodrigo Balarezo

    Two weeks ahead for me ... I have failed 5 exams. I her you!

     

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    Rodrigo Balarezo

    Hear

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    Canuto DeLeon

    I understand your frustration Ariana, I've failed a few exams myself ... I just barely passed my first exam yesterday (PjM) and now I feel like I'm ready to take on the rest of them!
    How are you doing when you take mock exams? I was around 80 - 90% when I would take designer hacks free exam, 78+% when I took an old PPP mock exam. 
    My only recommendation is to try and stay positive ... and to work on the timing with the mock exams.

    OH YEAH AND THE NCARB rep ... you have to remember that they are call center representatives. I worked at a call center through college and I know the things that they have to go through. Trust me it's not an easy life ... but they're just another squirrel trying to get a nut, try to cut them some slack. I'm not trying to defend the rep completely because I too have been given some erroneous information from them.

    Best of luck on your exams, I know you can do it.

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    Ariana Parrish

    Congrats on the Pass!!!  This post was great motivation. 

    I score pretty well with practice exams but honestly, I go over them so often, and after failing so many times I start to memorize everything. How much time did you give yourself of study time after your re-takes? It's so hard to study for 2 months on something you have already read. 

     

    Thanks! 

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    Canuto DeLeon

    I first failed PjM in January 2017 and I didn't start studying again for it until 2 1/2 months before I rescheduled to take it on Monday this week. 

    One thing I did different that was a BIG help was my studying of the AIA contract docs. According to the Designer Hack exam I would get like <50% on Contracts portion of the exam.(and I thought I knew and understood contracts) so I was and still am determined to understand them completely.

    To study for contracts I first listened to Schiff Hardin lectures all the way through a couple of times (while working and drafting in the office) ...then I listened to the (2) B101 and (2) A201 lectures over and over with my print outs of the sample docs to follow along and markup and highlight. When my contracts were all highlighted I then asked my wife to audio record for me the contracts (broken up into sequential articles) She would then send me text messages of her audio recordings and I would listen to them at work.When she comes across highlighted areas she would emphasize or reread the portion. THis helped me tremendously in Knowing where certain things are and what is important in the contracts.

    Those readings also help your significant know how hard the exams are. It gives my wife a feeling that she's able to contribute and help out in my studies. It also gives some extra little brownie points in telling my wife that "I love listening to your voice today"

    I think what I'm trying to say Ariana is that you gotta learn the best way you are able to ... some people aren't audio learners, so maybe you're a reader or visual learner. Mix it up and see what works for you. 

    Another listening thing I did was listening to the podcast of the ArchitectExamPrep.com guys ... listening to them while I work I don't feel like I was "studying" in the traditional manner, but I was picking up a lot of the architect nuance and nomenclature that is very distinct from our field. It kind of helped that I thought they were funny and it helped me relax about architecture a bit.

    That is just some of my suggestions for trying to "study" .... you may end up having a completely different style, I don't know which you should try, but try your best. You got this ... keep it going.

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    Canuto DeLeon

     **help your significant other** 

    I really have learn how to "proof read" my comments before I post.

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