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11:38 am, mjvala
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6 to go… I got my first pass letter yesterday for the CDS portion of the ARE.  Needless to say, that was an exhilarating moment to open the envelope and see that my efforts were not in vain.  Now on to the next section - Programming, Planning, Practice.  I have a feeling these things will get progressively more difficult just because things will start to run together.  BUT at least now, I’ve got the experience of one under my belt - combined with the confidence from passing.  


08:34 pm, mjvala
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Last Saturday, I gained valuable experience: I took my first section of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) - the first of seven. I feel like I did okay - I left the testing center with a feeling of, uh, relief - I guess that’s the best way to describe it. I had plenty of time to double check my answers on the multiple choice portion and triple check my graphic vignette solution. I guess that either means I did well; or maybe really had no clue what I was doing. I hope it’s the former.
The best part though is that pass or fail, I know now what the experience is like. I will be able to go to my next exam and take it with the little bit of confidence that comes with experience. So, as soon as I can afford it - the programming, planning, practice section of the series… And hopefully I’ll be writing here in a couple weeks about getting my first pass letter!