I was confident throughout my 2nd attempt and then the case studies lagged horribly when loading any reference and i basically had to guess on my last questions. It was frustrating, but I'm not the type to complain, so i decided to switch up my approach.
I've sat down now a total of 13 times for the different exams and I always choose an 8 or 9 am time slot. I had never experienced that bad of a lag or pages simply not loading before. Even though i had read many posts about the dreaded loading screens.
Before my 2nd I saw a friend in the lobby of the test center, who was ready to take some doctor related test. It wasn't until after the test that i realized that when the room is full of different professionals taking multiple exams that the internet could naturally start to lag. Especially when some of the other exams require streaming of media.
So even though i showed up first and was the first to sit and in the exam room alone (had the internet to myself basically), by the time i got to the case studies a couple hours later, the room could potentially be full.
This last time i decided to go through the CASE STUDIES FIRST (while i had the internet to myself) then once complete i calculated the remaining questions and time remaining to see how fast i needed to fly through them. I believe my time remaining was 96 questions @ 2.1 minutes each and when i finished the first 30 questions i calculated again and it was around 2 minutes again. I did the same at the 60 question mark and i was down to 1.2 so i knew i had to step on the gas.
The Actual Test:
My notes from the case studies helped as a reference.
I don't recall many calculation questions. So without disclosing content I will just say be able to make calculations like load on a beam, pressure loss in plumbing, etc. Nothing we haven't seen from the many resources available.
Differentiate between ADA and Universal design - what are the ramp requirements, can you sketch out an ADA bathroom with dimensions. That would be a huge help.
Review your seismic irregularities and be able to identify & differentiate a vertical irregularity
READ the question and look for KEY WORDS especially what it says right after "the client wants" ... those are the goals that the answer options HAVE to meet. So whether your client wants energy efficient, low cost, or whatever. Which one of these options provides that. It sounds simple, but there was a couple I went back to just to clarify and I ended up changing an answer.
It's a beast of an exam ... I was exhausted afterward, but you can do it!
Best of Luck!
For me it's PDD in two weeks and hopefully that'll be it!
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