This is my first post because, well I am lost and don't know what else to do. I have passed PcM (first try) PjM (3rd try) and CE (first try). PA however I have now failed 3 times and I just walked out of the test center feeling lost, not even upset just lost and confused.
I first attempted PA on 7/9/18 and for that I studied about 4-5 weeks with only ballast and black spectacles. I received level 2 on environmental and contextual conditions, the rest were all level 3s. I felt unprepared for this exam and rightfully so, I decided to move on to other exams til I could retake.
second attempt at PA was on 1/21/19. this time around I studied about 4 weeks and added designer hacks and coworkers study guides and other ballast chapters that I previously didn't read along with black spectacles. I went into the exam feeling much more prepared and felt I performed much better..only to fail.. I did improve and now received level 2s on environmental and contextual conditions and codes and regulations, but still 3s on the larger site and building content areas. I genuinely feel that I may have missed the mark by a few questions on this attempt... so I moved on and passed PjM and CE
Today, 7/1/19 I revisited PA, this time I studied for 6 weeks, I added the Site Planning and Design Hand book (chapter 4,5,6,7,8,9) and problem seeking , along with my usual ballast, black spectacle (exams included) Designer hacks, and study guides I've compiled along the way, as well as ballast practice exams and problems, and youtube videos of various topics covered in the exam... I went in feeling confident and well prepared and from the get go I got smacked across the face and by the time I got to the case studies I was very discouraged.. it almost felt like I was taking a completely different test, nothing I had prepared for was on the exam... I know that I have a great wealth of knowledge, I have studied for this exam 3 times now and have added material every single time, but this time I just struggled , the case studies were ridiculous ... I legit have no clue what to do... I'm completely lost on this one.. I felt had I answered a few more correct on the second attempt I wouldn't be in this mess ...
I will be moving on to PPD and PDD, as I cant sit and feel sorry for myself, gotta keep pushing, I fully understand that failing is part of success and I am not discouraged nor have any desire to give up, but any advice or tips for PA as well as PPD and PDD are greatly appreciated. I will be taking a week or two off then back at it, targeting next exam end of Sept. thanks in advance and sorry for long winded post/vent session.
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