PA will be my 4th exam, I passed PjM, PcM and CE already but when I read PA posts here I feel like I am totally strange to what is going on with this exam. Partly because I cannot match the information people share here whit the reference books or with the Handbook that I already read. Like when I read Handbook, I thought I knew what is being asked. But when I read people's comments here I am lost. This didn't happened to me for other exams. I immediately knew what an exam taker meant when they share their experience. Is it because this exam is so broad and the experiences of people are not overlapping enough for me to have a clear idea..? Let me tell you what I have already read and please please help me to understand where to focus on in these books. I feel like I am misreading everything about this exam or I am way behind.
- Site Planning & Design Handbook: I read this book, it felt pretty hard to read. A lot of people say pay attention to soil types in Ch 7 however to me it didn't feel like it is giving me overwhelmingly detailed information about soils. There was two tables explaining the types and size comparisons if I remember correctly. Since NCARB says don't memorize information and have a general understanding rest of the book is an ok read and I don't have any clue what can be asked from this book...?
- BCI-2015: It was good to read this book side by side with 2015 code, I became familiarized with code I guess. But again I don't know how to benefit from it for the exam or where to focus.
Like Area/Height Calculations: I am curious about what kind of calculation/math questions are we talking here? Basic FAR calculations for a given site with setbacks and everything..? Or questions that ask you to draw FAR information in a specific scenario from given documents like zoning and building codes? Can anyone help me how to study on this please. Are there any similar practice questions out there? Or did I missed the BCI section related to this?
-Space Planning Basics & Architectural Primer: Both were very easy reads and felt like I already knew what they were talking about. I guess overlaps with my experience. But again they have very generic information about architecture. Not sure how it will help the exam..?
- Ballast 5.0: Along with this I read 4.0 PPP and SPD sections. Honestly I don't trust 3rd party materials for ARE 5.0 exams but since everybody recommends it I read them. Didn't get the practice questions yet.
- Skimmed thru Sun, Wind & Light: I feel like this books makes the most sense with what I read here and I should go deep in this book.
I hope I was able to explain my issue here. It feels like I am not able to follow/understand what people experienced about this exam. Especially after reading almost all important reference books for this exam feeling this much concerned is so frustrating. I would appreciate some help very much.
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