PA Second Fail....Help

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    Stephen Starks

    Christine,

     

    That was pretty much my experience with this test as well. Two tries, two fails. It is very discouraging.

    My second attempt involved purchasing almost all of the recommended resources and also taking meticulous notes and cross referencing between those resources (this was in addition to my Ballast reading / tests). Also heavy use of online research and the NCARB handbook / forums.

    When I began my second test I also felt much more prepared, case studies are always a bit tricky (especially with navigation to resources) but I got through it.

    Seeing a "likely failed" result nearly broke me.

    You are correct in the observation that "these little dots...like that’s telling me anything". NCARB claims that these dots count as feedback, and while this is technically correct it is also practically less than useful.

    Also, PA's content is broad, and the test spec. descriptions are equally broad. It seems that whoever wrote the testing specifications forgot basic English 101 principles about not overgeneralizing, and also about topic limits. I do not think this is malicious you understand, just a bug.

    In short, I am sorry your experience was not a success. I do not have any answers for you, but I would encourage you to not give up. The tests are not a true measure of your ability in this field, but rather a test to see if you can pass a test (note the difference).

    If the saying "misery loves company" holds true, then I hope you are feeling a bit better now.

    Good luck.

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    Seyed Mehrdad Mohammadi

    I am in the same same boat as you guys are. I failed the exam two time! So I decided to give my self a break and took PPD last weekend, which I passed. So far I have passe PcM and PjM and I found the PA exam the most difficult to manage time.

    I am taking the PA exam in four weeks and am looking for the right books to study. Any advice?

    Thanks,

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    Peik Li Pang (Edited )

    Hi Christine,

    I am on exact situation as you, exactly the same, first time failed I knew I was not prepared . Switching from the frost three division which I passed in one go, I thought I can do the same for PA, I studied 2-3 weeks. Second trial, I did exactly like you. And also confident I was going to pass (meanwhile calculator failed me, exhibits do not load). But I failed. I start to wonder study will not help, those questions are just tricky., even I thought I knew the answer, but the answer could be something else. I have nearly 16 years experience, I designed many buildings published in archdaily, I felt the exam does not make me an architect. But I need to pass them still. Those questions are quite basic but just how it was formed was difficult and sometime I could pinpoint problems with those questions (that probably cause me a wrong answer).

    probably same as you, my result could be worse than first one. I passed 3 divisions in first trial. That is why I thought I am very close to passing 

    Now I want to work on what answer do they wants. I don’t know what stage are you in now, I wish to form private study group to tackle answers. Please contact me if you still need to take PA or other ppeikli@gmail.com , we can study together

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    Peik Li Pang

    Anyone above welcome to contact me, we can tackle this together

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