Can all who have been taking test divisions, and passed first time, say with certainty that there is a one stop shop from which to gather study materials to study to enable a passing score for all divisions?
I'm really overwhelmed by all that I have been reading since my eligibility has been granted 2 months ago.
I'm a former educator who has a number of years teaching architectural design and drafting plus I have been doing residential and commercial projects over roughly 18 years since leaving academia.
I don't like failure, who does. I don't like wasting my money, who does. I read how many people, the vast majority, are taking these divisions multiple times. Thousands of dollars are being spent and yet there is a great number of failures.
Something is really wrong with this picture.
To suggest that a timed test mimics real situations and has one answer that is "Best" is like saying to all licensed architect that if you all don't do a project the same way, only one of you is right, the rest should close out their license and stop all work.
The way I do a project is MY way, as long as it meets with plan reviews, I'm good to issue for construction. And if I get comments back from code review, I update the project to meet the code and that's it.
I recently worked with an architect on a small strip mall where we combined space, retasked space and set tenant spaces up. We had a few comments from plan review, we made the changes and we were good to go.
A few years ago I collaborated with an architect on a small 3 story building that had corporate, medical and retail. We sent the project out for plan review, got some comments back, made the changes and we were good to go.
I've worked with roughly 12 different architects since 2000. Not one does fire suppression, mep, civil, structural or landscaping. They hire consultants who are specialists. The architect puts the project together, coordinating the collaborators, works with contractors and client, on an open time table going at a pace to ensure that no errors or omissions exist.
There are no failures or at least nearly zero. But taking these tests, timed, with multiple possible answers that are somehow shown to be wrong with only one best solution, not in the real world.
So to pass these tests, I'm seeing a lot of study material that doesn't lend well to standardization. It's as if there is an expected failure rate already set up to control the number of new licensees in any given period.
Can someone from NCARB, who reads these posts, say definitively, that if one studies a select group of materials, that passing is at a 90% or better? In June the 5.0 will be the only possibility. In October the cost goes up. I'm not wanting to mess around. I doubt that anyone who is trying to get licensed wants to dump thousands of dollars and a lot of time on tests that are not reflective of the real world.
I've got 5 projects right now on my desk. I know what needs to be done. I know where I'm going to go for code requirements and research. I know who I need to call in for their specialty collaboration. As for what contract documents I will use, I don't always use AIA documents and I won't be forced into using AIA documents.
Finally, let's understand something, licensure does not guarantee errors or omissions will not happen. Licensure does not guarantee that there will not be code errors. Licensure does not warranty anything an architect does.
There needs to be a stated specific Standard set of materials that one should be able to study and to pull from actual experience to pass these tests.
What is that Standardized set of materials to study so that I can pass these tests the first time?
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