P&A Pass -- Thoughts and Advice

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    Hoang Tran

    Brett, congratulations! Can you share YouTube video or playlist that were helpful for you? Thank you!

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    Brett Spencer (Edited )

    Of course! See below:

    Programming and Analysis:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDWODdPMNEM&list=PLbCwVAjlw5bBGcWVwwdjJ_zbPd8yGQI2x

    The Emergency Egress Standards and How to Choose the Right Landscape Drainage System were the two I found most helpful.

    I also watched some of the ADA Archi-corner videos.  They're very basic but helpful nonetheless and are only a couple of minutes long.  There isn't a playlist but here is one of them:

    https://youtu.be/utsDhMyTr1E

     

    Hopefully this helps!

     

     

     

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    Christopher Lodge

    Congratulations, and thank you for the advice Brett!

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    Adrienne Bayles

    Hey there Brett! The first link goes to a Brownfield Remediation video, is that correct?

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    Brett Spencer

    Yupp! that's the one Adrienne! Good luck!

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    Amber Thibodeaux

    Thanks for your post.  I also ran out of time on the exam. Good to know that I wasn't the only one that struggled with time.

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    Wendy Dyba

    I just took the exam and also ran out of time.
    The best advice I can give is to go through questions: if it’s a multiple choice and you immediately know the answer, fill it out. If not, flag it and move on to fill in blank/drag drop/hot spot/etc. With multiple choice if you are running out of time, you have a chance that your answer is right. I had to do that with 5 (!) questions. For what it’s worth, I passed.

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    Congratulations! I am wondering why not put in guess answers for the three questions? I guess you did not realize the time is up so quickly and did not even have time to put them in.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Brett Spencer

    Thanks Gang!

    The last 3 questions I missed were all math equations from the case study. As I saw that I only had a minute left, I decided my time would be better spent solidifying my understanding of the question I was on (which was a multiple choice) than hurry through the the last 3 equations which I was already likely to get wrong. If they had been multiple choice I would have for sure thrown up a guess.

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    Sandra Mott

    I just took the P&A exam and was pleasantly surprised I passed! I found the questions to be much more 'mushy' and conceptual than any of the practice exams I took (which were from Designer Hacks and Architects Exam Prep). In hindsight I probably would have spent less time memorizing specifics and more time gaining a general level of comfort with the IBC tables and zoning codes.

    My test had quite a few drag and drop questions that focused on building placement on site and space planning adjacencies - much more than I expected. There were also a few questions that required analysis of an actual soils report which wasn't something I saw in any of my study materials. 

    Like most say, time is a definite concern. I finished but had to rush through the case studies using mostly rough educated guesses and did not have any time to run back through my flagged questions. I would recommend quickly checking the reference materials provided in the case studies, and then rolling through the multiple choice as quickly as possible (while paying close attention to how the question is worded). I used process of elimination a lot to rule out the obviously wrong answers, and on the ones I wasn't sure about I went with my first instinct and flagged. Never pass a question without selecting an answer even if you have no clue. You can't get it right if you don't try and you may not have time to come back around to it!

    Good luck all!

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