I took the test today and got the likely pass, so here are my overall thoughts:
I studied the AHPP 15th addition after wasting 2 weeks on an earlier edition. I purchased the Kindle version so I could have it with me almost anywhere (phone, iPad, computer) and read through it whenever I found the time. I listened through Plurasight lectures but now find them not so relevant. I studied the AIA documents and felt pretty confident I understood them or, at least, where to look for the needed information.
As other have mentioned, there are a lot of questions which require calculations, but the math is basic and you can use the calculator. Some of the questions seem more appropriate for PA though.
So, it didn't take long to get though the text questions. I was feeling good, I only had a few that I flagged to revisit. Then the case studies nearly killed me. I think NCARB should look again at the reference material. This is what I mean:
- having to scroll down EVERY time you need to re-read the question in the "Scenario" screen is really annoying, I almost felt I had to write it down to save time
- some of the reference documents (the one you have to use the most, actually) had no footer/header so scrolling through them was a real pain and you have to stop and read some of the text to get your bearings,
- the chapters had no pages in the Table of Contents so you wouldn't know where to go and you have to guess the page number or scroll down to the relevant chapter,
- I think a "clickable" heading to get you to the chapter would have been great!
- if you try to rush scroll down, the pages display the "Loading" message and you have to sit and wait until the page loads to know where you are.
I really started to panic as I was burning time to try to find my way in the documents.
So, just stay positive, make sure you go through the text questions as fast as you can so you can have some extra time with the case studies
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