PA Exam - Resource Confusion

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    Alexander Gault

    Rachel - that's too bad, it sounds like you got a lot of studying in. PA is the only exam I haven't taken because the vagueness / puzzle type questions seem like such a moving target (even more than a regular ARE exam). Without disclosing any exam specific content; would you say there were a lot of calculation problems & 'puzzle type' problems I keep hearing about?

    I ask because my PA is scheduled in a few weeks and I'm studying very similar to what you did above ^ so I am trying to cover my bases. Regarding the score report, my suggestion is just to invest that money into another re-take. I'm sure studying those resources still helped you in determining the 'best answer'. I think the nature of this test / programming in general is making an educated solution that isn't always a clear yes/no... Maybe you'll catch a lucky break next time.

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    Rachel North (Edited )

    Hey Alexander - Thanks for your comment. Id have to agree with you on all fronts! I would say minimal math, fair amount of puzzles.

    I had those same questions before I took my exam, I was encouraged by a coworker than any calculation he needed was included in the questions he came across. For me, I really didn't find that there was a lot of math. Standard things like slope and basic site calculations, a couple square footage here and there. I saw another candidate ask about frontage calculation, which I made sure to cover in my studies, but didn't find that to be in my exam either. 

    His question is posted here: https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360049853713-Frontage-Increase-Calcs-and-Allowable-Area-Determination-

    For the 'puzzle types' I would recommend going over Adjacency Diagrams the most. I came across a good amount, and really just take a little bit of good reading and tracing the lines of intersection. These are kinda fun because there is a clear answer! Taking time on these are worth it to me. Another puzzle type I would recommend is the placing of program. Takes a bit longer, same type of system as the adjacency. Hope that helps! Best of luck, please let me know how it goes! 

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    Mikel Koroveshi

    Hi Rachel- Did you use ppi2pass practice tests?

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    Rachel North

    Hey Mikel - I did not. Practice tests that I used included Walking the ARE, weARE, Designer Hacks, answering questions along with the Black Spectacles Mock Exams (I think they have about 5 videos for the PA section, 2016-2020), a few Ballast questions that were available through my office. 

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    Kelly Ann Collini Colberg-Amador

    Hi! this was my EXACT experience to a T!

    It was my first FAIL and I am so confused now.

    I agree 100% with what you said.

    I am now studying for PPD and am hoping it will help inform my PA 60 days from now.. ;-\. I would still not know what to study differently for PA at this point and feel i have so much more knowledge than they tested. I am totally confused by the experience with PA since the last 3 exams prior I PASSED with same study methods.

    Prior to studying for PPD i am investigating PA to see where I went wrong.

     

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