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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Scott, that is great -- CONGRATULATIONS!

    You are one of the few taking the exam in that order -- well done.  In my experience, you've already passed the hard ones...  I think you will have a very straightforward time with PcM, PjM, and CE.  

    Great write up as well!  But no matter how much you write, the next post will be "Hey, what should I study for PA?"...

    Nice job.  Keep up your momentum!

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks Kurt! Definitely relieved to see the 'most likely passed' message at the end. I was sick half of this week (spent half the day at home yesterday) and was worried I'd show up at Prometric with the flu or something, unable to focus and leading to a second outbreak in Charlotte (which was at one point ranked highest for number of flu cases this season - fun/non-relevant fact of the day). Though my week was much less hectic than your experience from taking PA, from what I remember!

    I definitely don't see many going in the same exam order...I started with PDD and PPD because that's where the bulk of my experience was, and did a little bit of reading but not enough to realize those were the 'hard ones' as most people say, haha. Regardless, it's nice to have them out of the way.

    I'm looking forward to taking a week or two off, and then will decide if I want to take just PcM and PjM together, or include CE and tackle them all at the same time. I still have ~1,000 hours to finish for AXP so my exams aren't on the critical path to getting licensed, but getting finished with all the exams would be fantastic.

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    Randall Hunter

    Congrats Scott! PA was a big one. Tons of area to cover like the "Big 2" and definitely the exam with the most fluff in the questions to sort through. Thinking back, I may have missed 2 questions on that entire exam....or I may have made the Pass cut by 1 question..I'm still not sure.

    Like Kurt said, you should be on the home stretch now as the 3 you've passed, regardless of your prior knowledge, are the most strenuous of the exams. I didn't take CE as I had already passed CDS in 4.0 but PcM and PjM are pretty straight forward. There aren't a lot of questions where you can logically work through it and find the answer. It's more like, you either know the answer to the question or you don't.

    In my opinion, and I've stated it 1000 times so far on this forum, AHPP contains 95% of the Non-AIA Contract specific content on PcM and PjM. If you're weird like me and actually take to liking the reading of AHPP, you'll be fine.

    Keep it going!!

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks Randall! I'm going to take a week off and then figure out my plan for the last three, and definitely appreciate the advice! I'll be reading through a lot of posts in the days to come and always appreciate tips from others who have passed them already. 

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    David Kaplan

    Congrats Scott!  I didn't take the 5.0 tests that you have left because I covered all those in 4.0, so best of luck to you moving forward!  Sounds like you'll kill those in no time flat. 

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    Ryan NCARB

    Nice work Scott!!  Making a plan and sticking to it...

    And thanks for all your continued help to others on the Community too. And that can be said for you, David, Kurt, Randall, and so many others.  It's pretty awesome to watch from the "moderators side."

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    Maria Delgado

    congratulations! this gives me hope!  I am taking PA this tuesday... 

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    Alkananda Yeshwanth Jakkaraju (Edited )

    Scott,

    Thank you for your detailed write up. I take PA in a couple of weeks and this is very useful (and calming). Risking proving Kurt's comment about "what should I study" right, what chapters of SPDH would you recommend I focus on at this point?

    Thanks again!

    Alka

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    Scott Barber

    Hi Alka, 

    There are several posts that list the chapters. I didn't keep track myself but there's a comment on this post that may be helpful:

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/115007731068-Study-Materials-and-Required-Study-Time-

     

    Just as a tip, I found that article by searching "ARE 5.0 PA chapters of SPDH" in google and that was the first link that popped up. Most of the "what chapters should I study" questions have already been answered if you look through the posts on the forum or search on google for what you're looking for.

    When I start preparing for each exam I read through all the posts on this forum to figure out what resources to focus on and any specific chapters to focus on. Not sure where you are in the process, but there's a lot of good advice to be found on the forum (saw you just joined today so I don't know if you've read a lot of the posts on the forum yet or not).

    Good luck!

     

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    Ariana Parrish

     

    Thanks for posting Scott, So far I have read through the BCI (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & skimming 10 &18), I will go onto Ballast next week, Archiflash cards, and Problem Seeking. SPDH is so dense as you mentioned! I am currently on chapter 4, and its so hard to get through the book. Do you think I will be okay with just skimming chapters? I test on the 14th. Thanks, and good luck with the rest of your exams! 

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    Scott Barber

    Hi Ariana,

    It sounds like you're off to a good start! I ended up skimming most of SPDH - I think it's more detailed (good info, just dense) than what's needed for PA. I think the more you can retain from it the better you will be, but if you have a good understanding of soils and environmental issues that pertain to sites, you'll be in good shape. 

    I think once you get through Ballast and Problem Seeking, you'll be able to identify any weak areas you may have and can read more for those areas. But I would prioritize Ballast over SPDH, to be honest. 

    Hope that helps, good luck!

     

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    Xiaofeng Zhang

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

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