Testing Order

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    Allison Hora

    Hi Elizabeth,

    That order is something a lot of people try to do and I think a lot of have had success with. That is not the order i did them in but based on my experience I would say the order to go based on your strategy would be:

    1) PA

    2) PPD

    3) PDD

    4) PJM

    5) PCM

    6) CE

    I think this order also coincides with the passing rate that NCARB has published. 

    Hope that helps and best of luck!

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    Elizabeth Mahr

    This is great, thank you! 

    Just out of curiosity, what order did you do them in? I'm not dead set on this order or anything - it just seemed like a logical first guess. 

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    Allison Hora

    You're welcome! I took them in this order: PCM, PJM, CE, PA, PPD, PDD. This is the order in which the handbook is laid out and made logical sense to me as this is the order of the typical phasing of a project.  I started my exams a year or two after graduating graduate school so I wanted to gain more on-the-job work experience that would pertain to PPD PDD. 

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    Ivan Huber (Edited )

    Hi Elizabeth. I would agree that CE and PA are the easiest ("least difficult" is a better way to say it though).  I found PcM and PjM to be the most difficult as I have less experience with contracts and the business side of architecture.  PDD and PPD were a little less difficult as building systems and construction are more intuitive for me.  In other words, I think it greatly depends on your experience and natural inclinations (and know that all the exams are difficult!).

    I think the order does not matter that much.  However, I would highly recommend you take PDD and PPD within the same week.  I would do the same with PcM and PjM.  There is so much overlapping content that you can easily study for them at the same time. I took them in this order: PA, PPD, PDD, PcM, PjM, CE.

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