Passed PA on the 2nd Try...Phew! My tips.

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    Devina Parbhoo

    If anyone is looking for study advice for the PA exam, I made a YouTube video about how I was able to pass in one month. I cover the best resources to study from and a sample study schedule. Feel free to check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPKOq9rqgMg

    I will also be releasing a new video every week, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any future videos!

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    Surambika Pradhan

    Hi Lina,

    Congratulations and Good luck for the future tests! 
    May I ask how long you studied for this test? 

    Thank you.

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    I studied for PPD and PA together.  Unless you take PPD last and out of sequence with PA, I think that is a good strategy.  I studied for PPD for 2 months. The PA material is helpful for PPD.  After passing PPD I studied for PA exclusively for just over a month.  I passed it on the first try, but it's a difficult and unique exam. The longer exams - PPD and PDD each took 3 months of study for me to pass.  GL!!

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    lina shahhal

    Rebekka O'Melia -- Thanks for the tip. I am taking PPD next. I'm taking a two week break then diving into it. Did you use the MEEB book as a resource?

     

    Surambika Pradhan Not counting the first fail, I studied for about 3 months.  Consistency is key

     

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    Tamara Hybertson

    Thanks for the tips! I'm taking the PA for the second time on Monday (next week) feeling nervous because I failed the first time. I feel like most of this stuff I know and I should have passed. But nerves! Also, I took the test while I was sick, and before COVID it was fine to go in and take a test with a cold. (who knew) and it cost full price to cancel or reschedule. So I probably just needed more concentration than I had. Anyway, Thank you for the tips! Wish me luck.

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    Tamara Hybertson

    Thanks for the tips! I'm taking the PA for the second time on Monday (next week) feeling nervous because I failed the first time. I feel like most of this stuff I know and I should have passed. But nerves! Also, I took the test while I was sick, and before COVID it was fine to go in and take a test with a cold. (who knew) and it cost full price to cancel or reschedule. So I probably just needed more concentration than I had. Anyway, Thank you for the tips! Wish me luck.

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    lina shahhal

    Tamara Hybertson Good luck Tamara! I had my whole family praying for me haha...these tests are difficult. But just the fact that you are going for it again says a lot. Most arch majors I know won't even take these exams the first time. Someone once told me these tests are not tests of knowledge but tests of strength/endurance/commitment etc...and I couldn't agree more.

    I know how shitty it feels to fail an ARE exam. And I've always been a good test taker...which makes the FAIL that much harder to swallow. For me the silver lining is that studying for these exams makes me a better architect. I can see the difference in my knowledge...and that feels like a win regardless of the pass or fail. I hope you pass this second time around. Don't give up

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    Jethro Rebollar

    Very helpful, Lina. I tested PA first time yesterday and got a provisional fail so reading this today gave me new hope. 

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