Test No. 5 has really become a thorn in my side. I have now taken it for the third time and failed. I went through all the typical testing material (brightwood, ballast), took the brightwood exams and even reviewed the black spectacles videos. I went further and included FEMA, building construction illustrated, and Ching. This exam just amazes me that the material net is so huge and you can study for months and still not cover the most mundane questions NCARB throws at you. This exam, not a single wind, earthquake, or beam problem. Nope this one was heavy in lighting illuminance, random accoustic questions, and some really terrible architecture details with grainy photos.
I might be venting at this point, but no one take this exam lightly. I have been in the job field for 15 years now and I teach new hires about AXP and ARE course exams. For someone such as myself that has there head wrapped around this material all the time I just keep getting the most random questions on my exams.
Good Luck everyone else looks like NCARB will make another $210 off me.
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