Passed all six tests - in four months

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    Nancy Redenius

    Thanks for sharing your experience Katherine! It's just what I needed as I've been making all sorts of weak excuses as to why I "can't" schedule my next test yet (weekend trips coming up, too busy at work, the usual). I started strong with 3 tests in one month (PJM, PCM, CE), then decided to take a few months off testing leading up to my own wedding, and here I am 9 months past the wedding and still finding excuses to continue to delay the last 3 tests. Kudos to you on acknowledging the power of momentum and taking advantage of this life event to motivate you to get through this process expediently!

    I think part of what has led me to procrastinate so much is that I'm done with what I perceive to be the "easy tests" and the fear of failing the more content-heavy remaining tests, so I'm super encouraged to hear you found Michael Ermann's video series to be so helpful since I was planning to use that. Is it basically the only material you used to prepare for PPD and PDD? Since you were taking PA, PPD, and PDD in such short succession, did you just watch all the videos before taking any of the last 3 tests or did you start with only some for PA and then add on as you went? Also, for PA, what topics did you feel needed additional coverage outside of the Amber Book materials? 

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    Katherine Schaffernoth

    Nancy- It was the only material I used to prepare for PPD and PDD, yes. I watched his Site videos before taking PA, and then started in on the Systems videos before that test as well (because my vacation was coming up and I knew I wouldn't watch any videos during that time), and wrapped up Systems and Construction before PPD and PDD. 

    I felt that the "Sun Wind and Light" type of topics needed a bit more coverage than the Amber Book provided- building siting, prevailing winds, etc. But the Amber book does a GREAT job of covering Thermal topics, so everything solar related was fine. 

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    William May

    Et Al. I'm curious, what did having a professional degree in architect do for you, et al, to pass the tests?

    It seems that the only way to pass the ARE is to study the test materials.

     

    From graduation, with only 2.5 years of office experience, a candidate passed the ARE as is now a fully licensed architect.

    My congratulations to you Kathrine.  I am truly inspired.  I wish I was able to pool all the candidates who have passed in 6 months or less and build a compilation of the methods used and then, build a curriculum to enable the best possible success of passing.

    A few years ago I went thru the process to earn my Real Estate License.  I went thru a submersion program of 160 hours.  I took the test 4 times.  When I finally passed and I went back to the office where I was going to work from.  The manager of the office said that now the test is over I can forget most of it.  The real world is so much different.  Learn by watching experienced agents and from mistakes other people make.

    I'm thinking that practicing architecture is similar.

    Again, congrats, good luck.  "Be careful what you wish for - you might get it." 

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