I passed PA earlier this week after about 3 1/2 weeks of study, usually 2 hours a day M-F and 3-4 hours a day on the weekends. I felt like I covered everything prior to the test, but I didn't feel as confident during the test as I did during the previous ones I've already taken and passed (PcM, PjM, CE). The content is much broader
My recommendation is study the resources listen in the ARE Handbook and you should be good. I did read Ballast which was helpful as well, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for the other tests I've taken so far.
Some additional items to study:
-Asbestos remediation techniques/methods
During the test I moved quickly through the MC and Case Studies with about 30 min left for review. Everything is worth 1 point so don't get hung up on any single question and if you don't know something, make an educated guess, flag it, and move on.
The main reason I'm writing this post however, is to bring to NCARB's attention software issues I had during this test and my CE exam as well. During the PA test, the software was extremely slow, especially whenever some graphic/image was provided.
After I took my break and resumed the test, whenever I finished a question and went to the next, the program would bring up a window saying "are you sure you want to end your break," and it would show me the time remaining on the break (I cut my break about 5 min short so I assume the software didn't like that). This happened for about two or three questions after I had actually ended my break. During my CE test, when I would use the strike-through command it would bring up an error message.
Overall PA was challenging, but if you're efficient with your time and focus on the recommended study materials, this test can be passed in one attempt. I hope this helps.
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