ARE Live: How to Pass the ARE During Stressful Times

I agree… I’m hoping it wont be dreadful and i can have a good experience to take the exam from my own comfort

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How did you start studying? Did first review the test structure and then the content? Vice versa?

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Hey!

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how to adjust your testing strategies per sections of the test after taking the test and not passing? the frustrating issues are that you take the test, receive the results, and study on the areas needing more focus. then you get the results and it flips so it is a constant cycle on overall how to prepare for the test to pass them across the board.

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Anyone have an idea how our testing process compares to other disciplines–law, medicine, etc–in terms of preparation, rigor, difficulty, explicitness of what’s on/not on, concept vs. memorization, comprehensiveness, etc?

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Q: Just started taking the exams, I took my first test (PCM) back in January and failed. Having a full time job, two kids and a wife I’m finding it hard to feel fully prepared. There are weeks when I’m able to study every evening and early weekend morning but I can get interrupted by home and work life and lose the confident feeling fully prepared, which causes me to reschedule and push tests back. Any advice on how I can better hit those test days?

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Jenny, I totally know what you mean. I have 4 girls and no one likes sleep.

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You are not unique at all! I graduated in '04!

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I would also like to add the question on how to overcome the format of the questions in these exams?

Black Spectacles does a great job in the wording of the mock exams, but the real test are just meant to confuse the heck out our brains, and all of the material we know is just flushed away by the time clock just ticking away.

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Ditto! I had 2 girls during the process…Thanks for your realness…

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'03 Graduate here! Was never good with standardized tests either.

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Can you speak to suggestions on taking the exam at the testing centers vs. taking the exams remote via the upcoming change in November? In a non-COVID world, would any of you have chosen to take the exam remote if the opportunity was available?

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Any ideas about taking the ARE while unemployed, looking for work and part-time kids during covid? I still have the opportunity to take my time to study with support from my wife and network, but after three months of unemployment finances are getting dire and every minute I study is a minute I don’t spend looking for work… stressful to think about this decision each time I sit down.

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Q: I’m a not a strong test taker. Is there any advice for someone who has run away thoughts while answering test questions?

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@byrd What do you mean by run away thoughts?

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Hi all! I’m not working directly in an architectural design role – I’m a BIM Manager – and while I’ve finished my hours, I haven’t submitted my application for eligibility. This could be a self-inflicted feeling of inferiority, but am I nuts for thinking that I should take the exams? I think I’m subconsciously feeling like an imposter. I graduated with my masters in architecture in 2018 and all I’ve wanted for the last ten years or my life is to be an architect, but I guess I partly feel like I don’t deserve it.

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I got re-motivated to schedule exams and I had to push them out months further than expected and in a different city… Be patient and know that you can carve out the time. Still learning to take that advice

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@Ashley.Hastings You deserve it!

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For Jenny - you took both version 4 and 5… how did you find the change in the vignette test drafting program between the two versions? I tried to do the same thing, but after failing a section 3 times I let work distract me and never restarted.

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I think I know what byrd means. I have them too. I read a question, and there might have been a unrelated thought popped in while I read the question, such as the itchy mask, or the sound of the ventilation,… or something about the place I read the book that described the subjetc matter of the question. When time is a big issue, you don’t want those “run away” thoughts. How to you stay focussed and shoo away those unrelated thoughts?

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