Happy to say I passed PA a couple of weeks ago! It was my first exam- so five more to go!
I used Black Spectacles (videos+ mock exams), Ballast Review Manual ARE 5.0, Jenny's notes, and youtube playlists (search PA ARE in the search bar).
I found BS mock exams to be extremely useful in gauging my progress and getting used to the format of the actual exam. @MichealLawson had good advice about the differences between the actual exam and the BS mock exams that I found to be true-- BS mock exams are simpler, while NCARB's exam requires you to make design decisions based on the studied material. My advice here: focus on EVERY word in the question. One word can define the context in which the question is asked, so a correct answer in a different context may not be the correct answer for your question. I found that BS mock exams were pretty good at simulating those kinds of context-driven questions. But, you know, read fast (you should only take about a minute or so per question).
I recommend reading the entire PA section in Ballast and then reading the first bunch of sections for PPD (site work design develop, sustainable design, codes and reg, barrier-free design). It might be a little extra, but I felt that it helped enormously. Plus, I'm going to straight into studying for PPD, so it's killing two birds with one stone.
FINALLY, when watching the talented David Cross in the BS videos (I cannot get over the resemblance)-- 2.0 the speed is not too fast** personal opinion. I watched a bunch the night before the test, and I felt like it was a less taxing way to review.
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