Passed after one fail

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    Christina Fu

    Congrats!!!  I failed the first time as well, and planning to retake the exam in about a month.  The portion I did not pass on the exam was Pre-construction, and I think it was the "select the lowest bidder" type of questions that threw me off.  

    Any suggestions on how I should approach those type of questions?

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    Grace Lee (Edited )

    Hi Christina! Thanks! Honestly, I studied so much more in-depth based on my last score's "failures." But I also recommend studying all the areas in depth. Your test score is based on your overall score - failing in one area but getting 100% on the other areas doesn't mean you failed because of that one area. Your score could show up "failing" one area but passing another, which means you could just barely be passing or that you could be passing that area with flying colors.

    One of the thing that probably helped me the most is really reading each question and understanding what it is NCARB is asking and wanting your response to be, which may not necessarily be the same as to what you've practiced in the field. 

    Podcasts are your friend - if you have access to Hanahan's lectures, I would definitely listen to them. I would also listen to BlackSpectacle's podcast on Spotify was also helpful. BlackSpectacle's podcast is basic but it's helpful to understand how questions are worded to "fool" you.

    Hope that helps!! Good luck with your exam!! You've got this!!

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    Christina Fu

    Grace Lee Thank you for your tips and encouragements!!! I'll take a look through BlackSpectacle and Hanahan's lectures.  I agree I need to learn to be better at multiple choice tests.  I'm going to read the AIA docs back and forth many times as well. 

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