CE Fail

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    Margaret Getz

    Hi Amy, I have only taken PCM(pass) and PJM(fail), so I don't much advice to offer. But I also took CE for the first time two days ago and failed. Based on what you described, it sounds like we had the same exact test/ experience. I felt good about it too, up until the incredibly frustrating Case Study questions.  Hang in there! 

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    Matthew Bowers

    Amy & Margaret - Was this a matter of the case study references being incorrectly formatted (rotated differently between drawings) or simply the fact that navigating and using the reference viewer and tabs is cumbersome?

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    Margaret Getz

    For me it was using the reference viewer/ tabs being cumbersome. Would have been helpful to have two screens to cross reference the information, etc. 

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    Fabiola Lucero Gamboa

    Hi All, I took probably the same case study you girls did. I am not sure why NCARB is giving us a really messy and handwritten 100% probably from1980's. The main challenge was the search command wasn't working. 

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    Amy Habeeb

    Yes I agree it was very cumbersome trying to scroll through drawings so very tiny and asked to look for say, a door number out of 150 that are not anywhere near each other or numbered in sequence of the drawings or even plan. It was not only the search command but I am curious how they expect us to look at a huge building floor plan and find tiny amount of information in a minute or two seems impossible. Maybe if the drawings were printed out or maybe even if there were double screens or, even if zooming in was quick enough we could find the answers. I found there was not enough time given with the resources we had and although I am sure many people have passed this exam, few have found identifying information in the drawings easy. At least a scale of a building we could take in a minute or two would be helpful instead a 10k sf floor plan and 20k sf site plan, is what we are given with site plan oriented differently, random sections and elevations, we cannot even see what direction it is in without zooming all the way out and then in again to find what we are locating and where is N arrow and almost always site and floor plans are oriented different (with many questions about the site plan based on floor plan that cannot be overlay but maybe if I have a photographic memory I’m guessing NCARB thinks we do. ( frustrating) I know I am most likely just venting out frustration but really in hopes NCARB can make these at least drawings more readable at the scale of a small computer screen. As well as updating drawings because some of them do seem from 1980s not from revit or BIM as we are suppose to be learning? Aren’t we suppose to be learning about new technology and clever sustainable designs yet we are being tested on old methods and drawings from who knows when or where they found these but they are obviously very old. Thanks everyone for input and feedback I am glad I am not the only one and we shall survive, and it’s always nice to look back at the challenges we have had when they become easy good luck everyone!!

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