I received my final PASS letter last week. My state usually takes the longest time to send in the results. But they were very quick to send me the license. I received my result on Monday and by Friday I had already received all other documents by mail. Can't tell you how satisfying it is to finally receive it.
This whole process is not complete until I thank you all. Everyone who helped with my questions, checked my vignettes(Coach, Lug-nut, DWG, sbyrktct, spbnat, MikePM and all the others), cheered me up before and after the exam have supported me equally as my family did.
I gave my first exam SPD on 8th Dec 2010 and last, SS on 8th March 2012...so it took little over a year. I took 2 to 6 weeks of break after every exam for my 2 little kids.
I was fortunate to pass all the exams in my first try....I think a few imp reasons for this are :1) I had a study partner...it helps you to stay focused and committed.
2)I tried to go through all the material suggested on this forum and
3)I gave equal importance to the vignette. I think vignette is the key to passing. If you master the vignette, it helps you with the multiple choice but not vise versa.
My sequence was:
Site Planning and Design (1st and hence really scary, I think I passed b'cas I nailed the vignettes)
Schematic Design (practice all alts and post and comment as much as you can)
Construction Documents and Services (easiest of all, don't forget those lectures when you study this one.)
Programming, Planning and Practice (too general)
Building Systems (hard but logical if you study well)
Building Design and Construction Systems (complete mix of all the others. I studied a lot; but it was the preparation that I did for the previous subjects that really helped me. Ching BCI is the best resource for this one)
Structural Systems (Too much to study, but once you are comfortable with the concepts you can nail this one too!)
I was not sure if what I did in the vignette was ok or not.....
....now I know, it is not that critical; definitely does not decide if you pass or fail.
This sequence worked very well for me, but now with the new revision NCARB has added a major section from BDCS to SPD, so I wouldn't suggest taking SPD as your first exam.
I took a break from work for my kids, for last few years. So, now the most difficult part has started. Job search....:-)). With the current economy that is going to be a BIG challenge. I am just keeping my fingers crossed (this is for praying....suggested by Corbu during BS....)
Thanks again and good luck with your journey ahead!
Congratulations! Glad to be of assistance. All the best on the job search.
Congrats MMC! I had forgotten about the praying emoticon. Good luck with the job search!
Thank you all!!!
I really need that Good Luck! ARE is looking easy compared to the Job Search right now!
congrats, and thanks for the great recap of each exam. good luck with the job search!
Thanks spbnat!! You have been a great help.
Thanks Madeline, congratulations to you too... and good luck with BS. Don't forget to use MEEB....its really good. Helped me a lot with all the basic concepts.