Posted by: PatrickJL | November 27, 2013

I’m 57% of an architect!

As with the majority if these exams, I walk out with an air of melancholy, not knowing what the score will be. I felt that I studied the content thoroughly but they throw so many random questions at you it’s hard to judge.

Today I received an email to check my NCARB account for my score. I click the link. My heart immediately starts to pump like I’m running at full speed. I log in, navigate over to the ARE section. I pull my head away and cover the screen with anything I can find on my desk. I want to look, to see if I’m one step closer to my goal or stuck in a six month limbo before I can submit myself to this agony once again, but I can’t. This frozen state of the unknown is where I choose to be. I’m terrified of the idea that I will need to spend more months studying and then retake this exam. I take a deep breath and lower my hands…


Low and behold I passed! Four tests down, three to go. I can’t explain the feeling I get when I see this, I don’t know what I will feel when I finally pass the seventh and last exam.



  1. what do you recommend as the most critical things to study for PPP and SPD? I’m taking SPD in 16 days.

    • I used the PPI study guide, AREforum (before it became defunct), NCARB program, and JennyPDX notes. Also took some practice exams and made sure I was comfortable using NCARB’s crappy CAD program. AREcoach is another good resource, seems to be stepping up and taking AREforum’s place. Good Luck!

      • So the forum is kaput for good?

      • It seems that way. I have no idea what happened but it’s been months since I’ve been able to log in.

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