I took one of the Architectural Registration Exams today. It was one of the three graphic exams, Building Technology to be exact. It has six sections: Building Section, Structural Layout, Mechanical & Electrical Layout, Stair Design, Accessibility, and Roof Layout. It took 5 1/2 hours.
I think I did OK, but I can't tell until the official letter comes. I'm pretty sure I got all the technical points (I tried to be extremely thorough), but I'm almost positive I lost points on design, particularly on the stair design. I had about 7 minutes left on the second half of the exam, so I just started looking over the solutions I had come up with, double checking as much as I could. Then, with 2 minutes left, I suddenly realized that the stair design would have worked much better if it had been flipped along its long axis. In my normal drafting program, this wouldn't have been a problem, but in the generic program of the exam, it would have taken me about 15 minutes to redraw it. So, I left it as it was. It's not as if it doesn't work the way I did it. It just doesn't work as well as it should. [sigh] And that's the mistake that I know about. Who knows how many more there were.
Now, I've got to study for the Site Planning exam that I'll be taking in a week. I've already started, but I've got to get more proficient.
Yeesh. I hope this damn test taking thing doesn't take more than the 6 months I've allotted for it. I hate studying. (I don't mind learning stuff, but jumping through hoops because someone else says so is not really my thing.)