PA Fail... where to next?

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    Yehuda Mann

    Move on the PPD and PDD. Then go back to PA.

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    Jilian Claire C Carlo

    I’m feeling pretty intimidated myself now. Failed PA the first time due to timing and seeing how the questions are so wordy. I’m getting better, but I’m still rushed for time when taking full length exams. My next PA exam is scheduled in a few weeks. Need all the advice I can get.

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    Amber Lnell Gaines

    Move on and then come back. I discovered while preparing for other exams I picked up information or understand that I didn’t have before. Unfortunately I failed PA many times but I think moving on to ppd and PDD ultimately helped me pass.

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    Lauren Printz

    Thank you everyone. Update: I failed PPD too... this is so demoralizing!

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    Michael Riscica

    Lauren,

    Call me. I'll help you figure it out. You have my number.

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    Lauren Printz

    Hey Michael!

    So great to hear from you. I lost your number but let me send you an email!

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    PA  bounces around to various topics.  You also need to be prepared to solve problems quickly and skip crazy questions.  If you don't understand the questions, that needs to be resolved first.  Reread it...

    Be advised that PA is a newish exam and lots of the ARE providers and book authors out there have no personal experience with this exam if they've been selling ARE stuff for more than 4 years.  The Ballast Exam Review guide 2nd edition from Aug 2020 is better, but not perfect.  Is that the book you used?  Read the PPD section too.  

    If you'd like personal advise, feel free to contact me.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step Up - Pass the ARE 5.0

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