Ditto! I had 2 girls during the process…Thanks for your realness…
'03 Graduate here! Was never good with standardized tests either.
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?
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.
Q: I’m a not a strong test taker. Is there any advice for someone who has run away thoughts while answering test questions?
@byrd What do you mean by run away thoughts?
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.
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
@Ashley.Hastings You deserve it!
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.
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?
It means I read the question 2 or 3 times.
I think that is what s/he means, too, but I want byrd to clarify.
I want to hear about that too! How to “adjust”after failing?
Keep going on other tests or reschedule right away and move other tests???
Q: wondering if any of you had the approach of changing the section of exam you’re studying for after failing-it?
What would you say is the most valuable resource (text, website, or other) you used to study for the ARE?
Mainly diving too deep into the question, which causes me to spend too much time on the question. Leading to lost time and I end up second guessing myself.
I have worked at firms that reimburse after you pass each section. Current firm also has a bonus once you achieve licensing.
Hi! Thank you for talking to us! I was wondering if you had any thoughts on moving to a different state in the middle of taking the exams? Would that be hard? Should I take the exam for the state I would be moving to rather than the state I’m in currently? Thanks!
That is part of it as well.