4.0 Study Materials

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    Layla Qarout

    I got some advice to study SPD material for PA, in addition to the references in the NCARB matrix (handbook)

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    Kung Yu Pan

    Hi Jena,

    I had the same feeling when I was preparing PA using 5.0 materials (about a year), which I failed. I'm giving PA another try next week. I have been using 4.0 materials from PPP and SPD (from ballast, kaplan and various sources) and I feel that they have been very helpful. The only thing I would note is I don't think the AIA document portion from PPP would be on the PA test. When are you taking PA? 

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    Layla Qarout

    September 10!

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    Jena Hammond

    I haven't signed up yet. eek!     Aiming for end of August/first week of September. Had to get past a few other deadlines before I could focus on this.  Schedule is mostly clear now, so hoping to set down some dedicated study time.  Thanks for the feedback, both of you!

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    Aviva Galaski

    Hi Jena,


    I am doing the same, studying off the 4.0 materials I already have. It's been a while for me since PPP, because I found a friend to study with who was doing them in a different order. I'm testing tomorrow, so I'll let you know how it goes!

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    Aviva Galaski

    Hi Jena,

     

    I passed! So I guess the 4.0 materials worked out pretty well? I supplemented with the Site Planning & Design Handbook and the Problem Seeking book, both of which were available through an academic library. I also got the Designer Hacks question set (which was $40) to have extra practice questions.

     

    Good luck!

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    Kung Yu Pan

    Hi Jena,

    I passed as well! I'd agree with Aviva. I've also shared a few things in this post: https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360015277053-PA-pass-on-THIRD-try-personal-strategies- 

    Hope they would help and good luck! 

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    Luz Rodriguez

    Did you guys read all 10 AIA docs listed on the Matrix? The handbook reads “None of the standard list of AIA Contract Documents related to the ARE have specific content covered in the Programming & Analysis division.”
    Thanks!

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    Jena Hammond

    Awesome!   Congrats Aviva and Jonathan!

    I ended up obtaining some 5.0 study materials from a friend and the Brightwood book is an EXACT copy of the PPP and SD Kaplan books (+ a little bit).   I started studying, and on the first page was like... wait, I've read this before!

    Thanks for both of your feedback and goodluck on the remaining tests!

     

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