ARE Live: ARE Testing Order & Strategy '21

Congratulations @katie.abraham !! You will be missed in the PjM Workshops!

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Hi, just started my ARE journey!

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@vdam way to go getting started! We are here to help. Let us know if you have questions!

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Hello from NY!

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Hi again! I did a 1 month BlackSpectacles membership last fall. I’ve had (2) exams left since 2018…cannot seem to pass PPD or PDD so I am considering your Expert Membership. I took a 6mo break. Just re-signed up for both exams, PPD in Sept and PDD in Dec. and wondering if I should reschedule? Is this is too long? I really need a guide to plan daily/weekly study.

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Studying for the first time in a long time. Trying to tie it to my workout schedule. Do you have any personal scheduling tips?

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Hello from CA!!

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I failed an exam and hit the wall - scared to fail again. Did you restudy the same material after you failed an exam or did you search out new study material?

Only two left and I’m done so I know I need to get over the fear!

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Hi @kelseyarch87 ,

If you feel comfortable testing in December and that’s what you already have plans for I would stick with it!

If you feel like you just don’t have the motivation you need and aren’t making progress, then I would suggest moving them forward to put more pressure on yourself. I would also push up your testing date if you are the kind of person who gets really anxious before exams. Testing can be kind of like a band-aid in that it’s better just to get it over with. If the wait is going to cause you a lot of stress it might be best to jump right in and take them sooner rather than to let that anxiety build up over the next 6 months.

I know back in the day, our highest level subscription included a study guide broken down day by day. @monicafitzpatrick can you please clarify if this is still the case?

I’m a little biased since I am one of the PjM Workshop instructors, but we have had a lot of great feedback on the program and have heard people have found them very helpful! If you’re the kind of person who learns by talking through things and actively working through problems as a group I think the workshops might benefit you.

Hope this helps!
-Darion

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Do you have to do “it the NCARB” way. Every firm is different. We are all in customized firms, that operate with what works for them?

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@kelseyarch87 Yes, we still provide study guides for all 6 divisions - monthly day-by-day roadmap to studying as apart of our Expert subscription. Please review our pricing options here

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Hi @gremlinsoso ,

I understand your struggle. I trained for a half marathon while studying for PPD & PDD. I failed my exams back to back, but got a better time on the race than I expected! I retook the exams immediately following the failure. I did a better job holding myself accountable to my study schedule and really engaged with the Black Spectacle’s materials on a level I wasn’t before. I was able to pass them both after this.

I would be sure to evaluate if you need to extend your study schedule. I failed to get through all of the PPD & PDD content the first time around, partially because I spent so much time running that I would fall asleep before watching all of the lectures I meant each night.

I would also try to integrate studying into your workouts. Perhaps you can do flashcards or read through notes while warming up on the treadmill.

But really, the biggest tip I have is create a schedule and stick to it no matter what.

Hope this helps!
-Darion

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Thanks these are some good notes to follow!

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Hi @twescott ,

Personally, I studied the same material after I failed PPD & PDD back to back. I was using BKS lectures and practice exams. However, I didn’t hold myself accountable to my study schedule. I failed to watch all the lectures and was often distracted while studying.

So, the second time around, I really dug in and made it through all the lectures while giving them my undivided attention. Then, I retook and passed! However, everyone is different and I think it can really depend on your individual learning style.

Hopefully this podcast is helpful! Don’t be scared - everyone I know has failed at least one and you are not alone.

-Darion

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NO YOU ARE NOT! My poor wife is the expert in failing the exam. She has failed 5 out of the 6 exams at least 2 or3X each. She is so burnt! She is also a bad test taker.

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Hi @fnunez ,

Where the ARE is concerned, you are being tested only on the NCARB way, for better or worse. It can definitely be tricky to study for as what you see done in the office might not exactly align with NCARB and the AIA’s best practices, which is what you are being tested on!

I’d be sure to check out the information and resources available on www.AIAcontracts.org . This website is super helpful in my opinion!

@fnunez @gremlinsoso

We also have a couple of older podcasts centered around testing and study strategies. These might be helpful!

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Thank you so much! Yes, this all really helps. I definitely need to take a more scheduled approach with these last two exams. And I guess after the Sept exam I could always move up the next exam if I feel comfortable doing so.

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Do they still have scratch paper in the testing center? Or is everyone moving to the White Board?

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Thanks for your advice for first timers! Much appreciated!

-Marissa Alicea

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