PA pass - Post exam thoughts

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    Scott Barber

    Congrats, Brendan! I'm taking PA on 3/29 and this is encouraging. So far I've read Ballast and several chapters of the Site Planning and Design Handbook in addition to having read BCI for PPD/PDD. I wrote down a list of topics that I want to refresh/focus on as my exam gets closer and will look through Ballast again since you found it useful.

    Hopefully I have good news for myself next Thursday, good luck with PPD and PDD when you jump into those!

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    Brendan Herr

    Scott,

    As I was going through the PA section in the Ballast book, there were several topics that I breezed past, thinking "Oh, whatever, this won't be on the exam, these concepts and terms are too fundamental" but no, they were on the exam. I can't say what exactly, but really everything in the PA section of the Ballast study guide deserves looking over.

    Best of luck!

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    Claudia Shalhoub

    Hello. I am taking PA in two weeks and I am having hard time finding where to practice the case study. I tried the demonstration exam but it doesn't take me to the case study associated with my test. Any thoughts?

    thanks 

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    David Kaplan

    Claudia,

    There are no case studies "associated with the tests."  There is only the single case study included in the demonstration exam that really is meant to be nothing more than a way to practice navigating the software and the resource materials.  Use that to get comfortable with zooming in and out, going through the documents, etc. 

    The case study you get on the actual exam is going to be aligned with the information that PA covers - initial programming and site/building analysis. 

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    Claudia Shalhoub

    David,

    I really appreciate your help, I have been going nuts trying to find that case study. I will work on it this evening. This is my first ARE 5.0 any help or ideas will be appreciated. I am really stressed over it.

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    Claudia Shalhoub

    David, I have another question, how many case studies I will get? I couldn't find that info either! thanks

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    David Kaplan

    Two, and they'll each be 10-11 questions each.  Remember that the questions in the case study are worth only one point each, just like all the other questions on the test.  Give yourself close to two hours if you can for them.  It's your first 5.0 test, give yourself time to read through the materials, look through drawings, etc. and allow yourself time to think.  The case studies are straightforward, but don't rush them.

    PA was my first venture in 5.0 as well, I had taken PPP and CDS under 4.0 and then transitioned.  I get the nerves that you have about it, but I will tell you that MY experience was good.  I left the 5.0 exam feeling like I was better tested on things that I've done every day for the past 13 years.  I liked the format MUCH better than 4.0 and I was thrilled to no longer have the graphic vignettes. 

    Hope all goes well!

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    Michelle NCARB

    Claudia,

    You've gotten great advice from David.  Also check out the ARE 5.0 Handbook.  There's a lot of info about case studies starting on p. 154.

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