Failed PA



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    Mitulkumar Patel


    I feel your pain, I am in the same boat.  I've failed PA twice with results all over the map... so it kind of hard to figure out if my thinking is wrong or studying is wrong for this test. I am going back in for the 3rd time in 2 weeks for PA.  If you want to set up study group for PPD or PDD let me know, because regardless of pass or fail im moving on.


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    Derek Mason

    Jaleela, Mitul,

    I'm also in the same boat. I had failed PA twice and took it again for the 3rd time on 06/14. I felt better walking in and being able to handle the topics. There were a number of them I flagged (which is a good thing to do to manage the test time management). I viewed the end of test feedback and was shocked that I was a likely fail. It was true.

    I took a break from this test and took PcM and PjM only to fail the PjM. I decided to take the PA again. I will move on to the other topics and looks like PA may be my last test. 

    I did go over other material that I had not been able to before. I read most of Sun, Wind, & Light and really read Problem Seeking more in depth. I know I need to change my study habits, but like you Patel, is it the thinking or studying? 

    There were a number of questions that I recalled from last time I took the test. I should have read more on the boring log topic and process to create it. Several of the drag-and-drops were repeats. I know one that I screwed up on. If it asks for a line of sight than make sure you provide one. I realized I didn't afterwards. What I find to be difficult is that seems to span so much. 


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    Jaleela Rubab (Edited )

    Thanks for your responses.Are you guys preparing with any different study material or making new strategies to pass this exam?

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    Mitulkumar Patel (Edited )

    I am taking practice tests on Arch Exam Academy... its bit of hit and miss in terms of how the ARE test questions are, but does get you to think quickly (short on time seems to be a reoccurring theme for this test). They also have 4.0 resources which is somewhat useful. 

    I am also studying Ballast Project planning sections for this b/c it seems to have some info covering PA. 

    If you guys have any last minute suggestions please let me know, i am going in this next sat.


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    Elif Bayram

    Hi Mitulkumar,

    I was wondering how many practice questions do they have on Arch Exam Academy? And did you find it helpful with PA? I am considering getting the membership. 


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