I have just taken, and passed, the PCM exam. In additional to years of professional experience, I have now completed 5 of the exams in the ARE so am generally comfortable with the expectations of requirements of these tests.
In general, I felt prepared for the exam but want to provide feedback on the second case study question. I cannot understand the reasoning behind the logic, format, and material of that question. It was a complete outlier to all of the other exam questions, and the formatting of the ARE experience made it extremely unreasonable to solve in the time allotted.
The wording was very confusing and the resource material was very poorly formatted. In addition, the simple logics of not being able to view different resource material side-by-side and the inefficiencies of the rudimentary "white board" only added to my frustration of not being able to correctly answer the questions.
As an exam that is designed to test our ability to be a Practicing Architect, the format of these questions in no way relate to how we will approach these problems "in real life."
I want to communicate this feedback now because I do not want another candidate to fail an exam they worked very hard to prepare for because of this unreasonable question.
Thank you very much for your time on this.
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