1st Fail and counting

1st Fail and counting

Postby mdrnarch » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:27 am

So I took this exam hoping for a pass but that wasn't the case. Content of the exam has improved from 4.0. I like this exam better however without giving too much away there was a particular hotspot question that I got that I had no idea where to place the markers. They need to indicate the options on the exam.

This was the least of my problems. It started off well UNTIL I got to questions that had images attached to them. For the dear life of me! The question wouldn't load! I literally had to get the proctors attention because it would take too long and the clock was ticking away! It was taking wayyyyyyyy toooooo long! Needless to say I get to the case studies and the scrolling of the PDFs was painstakingly slow to load. Ugh! I gave up on those and went back to try to solve questions I had marked and in the midst of doing that I ran out of time. :cry:

This never happens in 4.0 and I always had plenty of time left!

So these are thoughts:

- I had 1 or 2 structure calculations.
- Barely any structure.
- Mostly calculating cost estimates and choosing alternates based on cost savings
- coordinating drawings which is easy (if only the questions would load fast enough)
- I had a ton of building system question
- study r/u values
- a few site planning questions
- a few section detail Drag and drop

Overall a very random exam. I feel like they need to figure out what is causing this issue. Add more time to the exam until they resolve it. I honestly felt I got scammed. Lol. Funny but not funny. Oh well I'm moving on to PPD and I hope that I don't run into the same issue.
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Re: 1st Fail and counting

Postby vrcat25 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:08 am

PPD and PDD are just BAD all around...The questions are poorly worded and sometimes blatantly with errors or missing information. When you contact NCARB customer service about it, the rude operators will either give you false hopes that somebody will contact you back or they will blame it on your lack of knowledge and refer you to google +. I have submitted over 20 questions for feedback and quality control and they have never been wrong. Also,the screen resolution for some of the questions is WAY too small and even moderator made note, but still no resolution...I fear that the questions will still be too small to read next time and many others will have the same questions and problems since NCARB will not acknowledge them and/or address them. The only way to have things looked at is to contact NCARB corporate. The operators won't do anything and are very rude and condescending.
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Re: 1st Fail and counting

Postby vrcat25 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:18 am

mdrnarch wrote:
So these are thoughts:

- I had 1 or 2 structure calculations.
- Barely any structure.
- Mostly calculating cost estimates and choosing alternates based on cost savings
- coordinating drawings which is easy (if only the questions would load fast enough)
- I had a ton of building system question
- study r/u values
- a few site planning questions
- a few section detail Drag and drop

Overall a very random exam. I feel like they need to figure out what is causing this issue. Add more time to the exam until they resolve it. I honestly felt I got scammed. Lol. Funny but not funny. Oh well I'm moving on to PPD and I hope that I don't run into the same issue.


Thanks for sharing! Sounds a great deal like my test(s). PPD is a little more reasonable pace, but you still don't have an adequate enough time to go thru case studies and alternate between tabs. There's definitely not enough time for both tests though. I have heard countless people say that they don't have enough time for this and literally nobody has said that they have extra time. Welcome to the club.
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Re: 1st Fail and counting

Postby Knotnine » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:05 pm

Yep. PDD was kind of a train wreck for me. I've passed all the other tests on the first go and really had no problems with them. I didn't mind the vignettes in 4.0 and I really debated whether to continue that path. I immediately regretted switching over in PPD but it wasn't that bad and a pass is a pass so I assumed PDD was more of the same.

The bother of squinting at poorly drawn sketches, full site plans at insane scale or at blurred graphs with miniscule text which are photocopies of photocopies was nothing compared to the full page length questions with questionable math. So much math. Fill in the blank math. At least I'll have a better sense of the time management involved in the next try.

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Re: 1st Fail and counting

Postby cianchetta0 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:18 pm

waiting on my score report from my test today, but I agree with the above comments. so many basic math questions that took long because of all the information attached. And the scale of some drawings made my eyes bleed, literally was squinting at the screen. I got home and had to rest my eyes for an hour or two to recuperate.
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