I felt compelled to post a summary about my exam history, if only to encourage others to keep at it. This is something that you can do no matter how hard it seems.
I started in 4.0, struggled to pass CDS and transitioned to 5.0.
I started my exams in January of 2012... and just finally passed my last exam last week. In total I failed 6 exams along the way! In may case, I got married, changed careers, moved several times and had 4 children all within that time.
For me, I always walked away from each exam frustrated with the opinionated format of the questions, the vignette software or the fact that I studied a certain subject/reference and I wouldn't get one question on the exam about that topic!
As I transitioned to 5.0, and as I've gotten more work experience I see the value in the situational questions that the exam throws at you, as this really is what our discipline is all about, having to react to real world situations quickly and keeping our clients as informed as much as possible, holding their hand along the way and guiding them through the complicated process of a construction project.
Passing this exam for me was a huge relief. Although I work at a large firm where I most likely will not be signing and sealing drawings, it is a great feeling that no matter what happens in the next chapter in my career I'm better prepared for whatever comes my way.
Stick with it!
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