Vastly different practice exam scores - PA

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    Peter Mall

    I have been using the Ballast books and Designer Hacks online with pretty good success. Nothing but practice exams for the week leading up to the test. I am usually scoring high 80s to mid 90s on DH and I have passed. No matter what brand you go with, two pieces of advice: 1) practice understanding what the question is asking, this is the most helpful for the actual ARE. 2) review all answers afterwards, even the ones you got right, and practice understanding why these are the correct answers.

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    Courtney Sluder

    Honestly, I think it is more important to understand what types of questions you got wrong and why. Personally, I got fairly low (ranging from 50-70) scores on most practice tests that I took (Ballast, Designer Hacks, Walking the ARE, weARE) but passed the actual PA test. Most of the questions I got wrong were memorization questions that you wouldn't see on the exam anyways. Like Peter mentioned, read through all of the answer explanations, even ones you got correct. These practice tests should be a study tool in reading through scenarios quickly and discovering your weaknesses, not an accurate assessment of how you will do on the exam. 

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    Erin Persky

    Thank you both! I passed!!!

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    Rachel North

    Hey Erin! Congratulations on passing, I am taking my PA exam here shortly. What were your thoughts having taken the exam about practice test resources? Any one stand out to you that helped most? I have studied all 4 you mentioned above and am feeling similarly.

    Thank you and best of luck!

     

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    Erin Persky

    For practice tests, I used Black Spectacles, Ballast, and Designerhacks. Black Spectacles mimicked the format of the actual best, if that's important to you. I haven't been that happy with the Ballast practice questions or exams relative to the content I've had on any of the exams I've passed so far (PA, PcM, PjM), but I find the textbook very useful. I really like designerhacks;  I log in about every other day and do 10 or 25 practice questions. While they're easier than the ones on the exam, it kept my brain fresh during the study process.

     

    Good luck!!

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