One Down, But I Have to Wait

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.)


The Grabill Family said...

Yikes! How long to we have to wait for results!?

Anne said...

Four to six weeks for the graphic divisions, supposedly. Two to four weeks for the multiple choice.

I'll be taking the fourth exam right around the time I ought to be getting the results for the first.

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TheHerdsman said...

Double sigh! (for a multitude of reasons)