Unsure what my testing or studying issues are. I have failed 5 of the ARE 5.0 exams. I failed CE & PjM once and PcM & PA twice. I been working in an architectural firm for over 10 years of architectural, graduated 10 years ago, full-time designer & full-time single parent of 4 children. I have felt very deflated after each failure of these exams.
I studied 50-80 hours each for these exam ranging from 3-6 weeks each. I have studied every recommended resource expressed on the community post and purchased many third party exam preps. I would do well on prep exams passing it all but for some reason I'm not passing. I'm not questioning if it's possibly test anxieties, or how I perceived the questions or possibly how I answer them. The amount of stress is high with being a full-time single parent and having to work full-time. I study 3-6 hours a day everyday till test days. After the exams I get nauseous and migraines for 2 days. I have thought of letting the exams go but my principal insist to never-give up. Never giving up has always been my motto when I went to grad school with all the kids I had to raise on my own. But now my lifestyle is being impacted negatively, along with my family and worst is not understanding why. I was going to do an exam review at the state board but it was told it won't be of any help. I have have studied relentlessly and bought all the highly recommended resources and most of 3rd party study prep (barely of any help most are general). Though I have yet registered in an actual ARE class and sat down with a tutor. Unsure if I need to spend anymore thousands of dollars.
Please advice if this may be testing anxieties. As of now I'm readying book on testing anxieties and how to attack the exam when my mind may be lost (which I can never tell if I am). Especially how to sort the process of elimination. Black Spectacles give great tips on how to answer questions you're unsure of.
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