I received my official results stating that I passed all six exams that I took in April. Due to travel and available time slots at the testing center, taking them all at once seemed to be the best option for me. While studying and reading community posts, I wasn’t certain if it would be possible to pass multiple exams in a row. I hope this post will reassure others who are following a similar schedule.
I studied for seven weeks, allocating a week per each exam, and the final week for reviewing all practice tests and problems. I limited my time at work to forty hours during this period and studied every night and on the weekends with few breaks. Each week consisted predominantly of reading the Ballast review manual and practice questions/exams, in addition to the recommended reading by NCARB. The Building Code Illustrated and Building Construction Illustrated were both very helpful, as well as A117.1. At the start of each week I would follow the study advice and material of the top community posts for that respective exam. The most helpful tool I used was Quizlet, I typed all of the questions that I came across into flashcards that I could use on my phone/computer throughout the day. This became very helpful for reviewing questions before each exam.
Each test day consisted of reviewing the respective NCARB Handbook and as many questions that I could crunch through before an afternoon test. I followed other community advice for how to take the exams: answer the first ten percent of the total questions as a warm-up, complete the case studies, finish the regular questions, review the flagged questions, and finally review everything starting at the beginning. I moved as quickly as possible and generally had forty minutes remaining for the flagged questions and general review. After the test was complete I would take a break before studying again for the next day.
I hope this helps or reassures someone, take luck!
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