Ready to throw in the towel

Comments

11 comments

  • Avatar
    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    Sorry about that, but don't beat your self up, took three tries to pass CE, already one fail on PCM and going for my return match on August. My advice? Do not throw the towel, keep fighting, the victory is only for those who dare the most. 70%-80% I thinks not good enough, get to more than 90% and then go

    Faith and good luck

  • Avatar
    Tony Young

    Thanks I just need to get out my funk, I'm very frustrated I thought I would finally pass.

  • Avatar
    Paul Carson (Edited )

    Hey Tony Young ~

    "...failure is not fatal, success is not final, it's the willingness to continue that makes the man" ~ Winston Churchill

     

     

  • Avatar
    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    He also said; "Never, never, never quite"

  • Avatar
    Tony Young

    How did you have the confidence to keep going back after three failed attempts at CE, did you focus on that test you kept failing or went to other test. I do know each section I have failed I just jump to next test, I wonder should I just focus on the one test and not move forward. I am just not a good test taker. The test seemed easy but those judgment question got me it seems like when I took practice exam I could figure out the right answers, on the exams it seemed like there was always two possible correct answers and I read over and over to figure out which one would fit. I just need some test takin pointers because I think that's where I'm failing.

  • Avatar
    Gustavo Diez-Presilla (Edited )

    I fail two times CE, but I passed the third time. Two mistakes I made along the way,first I switch to PCM after my first CE failure, giving only three months to prepare, Secondly, I took to much time to re-take CE for second time. and fail again. A few things I learned about this whole process; first in my opinion, about six months is a good time to prepare, you not are going to be able to have a consistent and unmovable schedule, so you need to think about that, third you need to use as many sources as you can but not using them blinded but knowing what you need to get to complete and compare concepts ideas and process, and the last one, at least in my opinion we are not studying but training. and training means repetition over, and over, and over again..

  • Avatar
    Tony Young

    Thanks, I was thinking about jumping to PjM if I chose to do this again but maybe I'll just take a couple of weeks off and re study for PcM

  • Avatar
    Katie Merten

    I highly suggest moving onto a different exam and then circling back to PcM after you've had success at other exams.  You might not be studying your best at this point, since you've likely covered all the material thoroughly.  You need to start with fresh eyes on another exam.  You CAN do this!  

  • Avatar
    Steven Sack

    Tony,

    What resources are you using to prepare for this exam?  What practice exams are you taking?  I would recommend considering additional resources for information.

  • Avatar
    Tony Young

    I'm using blackspec, AHPP, AEP, I think I need to just find books on how to take exams like this one. I knew everything on my test at least I thought I just get confused on the "BEST" answer type questions

  • Avatar
    Goran Simic

    First time posting here - but I have used the forum as a good resource, and I just passed my last exam (PcM, coincidentally) and here are my $02:  

    - I didn't fail any exams.  It took me only 8 weeks to pass the last 5 exams, but I have had a more flexible schedule in the last 2 months and could devote a lot of time to studying.  The time in between exams and how long you need to prepare are highly individual. The order of the tests, however, is not.  At least in my opinion.  

    Which brings me to my main point.  The order of the tests NCARB suggests is asinine.  It is counter intuitive, and it puts the two tests that are the trickiest in terms of questions & "gotcha" answers first.  Here is the order I would STRONGLY suggest:

    PA - this is the most straight forward and most tied to concepts you learn in school and in practice if you do any zoning/site planning analysis.  I took a long break here, but that was for other reasons - nothing relating to the tests. 

    PPD & PDD next.  Order is not important, as you can really study for these two together, and take them in close succession.  PPD has more concepts that are also on PA and PDD was a little more technical, so I would suggest PPD and then PDD.  These have the most study material by far, and are technically the most complicated.  If you've worked for 4-6 years somewhere where you got a wide range of experience, they will be easier.  If you have been stuck in a giant firm doing specific tasks, they will be harder.

    CE - this is a great bridge between the technical knowledge of PPD & PDD and the contracts/practice/project management of PjM & PcM.  Fairly straightforward.  Learn basic contracts, and if you have any familiarity with details & drawing coordination, this one is a cakewalk. 

    PjM - This piggybacks well off of CE, as there is some contracts, but also calculation on staffing/project management etc. I was surprised at the amount of actual calculations. 

    PcM - This one I felt like I was failing, but ended up with a pass.  It feels slapped together and random. 

    But the main point is, that you get into the groove of test taking and how the questions are asked by taking the first 4 based on experience and school, and then the last two aren't as difficult and are easier to decipher.  

    Good luck! 

     

     

Please sign in to leave a comment.

Powered by Zendesk