This was my first exam. So glad to have it done!!
The biggest take away from the exam is to read the questions and read the answers. Completely. The questions weren't meant to trip you up, but were full of information and based on that could make an answer right or wrong. So skimming is not advised.
On the practice tests I took, I always had lots of time left over. I had 13 seconds left with one question left to answer that was very intense and would have taken me at least 4 minutes to get to the answer. No time to review anything.
My study materials were Amber Book and videos!! The BEST by far. I did purchase Walking the ARE, it helped greatly with knowing how to read the questions, and I have Designer Hacks, Hyperfine (another awesome tool to keep you going with a study plan) and We ARE. We ARE practice tests were also very helpful. And Archiprep. I didn't find that it was too expensive and my boss paid for it, I liked the calendar and the progress study plan, plus they give you good explanations to the answers. So, win win. He also paid for everything but Amber Book and Walking the ARE.
Oh, and I bought the AHPP. I read all the sections suggested in the outline that Wiley publishes for the ARE. I forget what it's called, but you can find it on Wiley's web site for that book in particular. If it did anything, it had me reading and familiarizing myself with the language. Probably a big factor in understanding the questions.
As a side note, I was too scared to rely solely on Amber Book... sorry Michael. But your materials are great! Your finance section was the best.
So far as content goes, without details... risk, project delivery and project repsonsibilities, were big on my exam. Risk being the by far the biggest part, because it is part of everything, budget, project delivery, office management, etc... Just understanding it helped answer a lot of the questions. Also, understand the Code of Ethics and how it applies to you as an architet, not just a good person.
Taking as many practice tests and then really reviewing and understanding the answers is how I do my best studying. That's what worked for me.
One of the best things I did was started reading this forum. Thats where I learned about Walking the ARE and We ARE. So big THANKS to everyone before me.
I hope this helps. (and is coherent, as I am still decompressing from the exam!)
Next test Is PjM in 27 days.
Good luck to all and thanks again to everyones great advise.
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