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    ARE Day 053: CDS EXAM DAY

    Joann Lui
    May 3, '14 10:53 PM EST

    Hi Archinect,

    Last week was crazy. Overtime all weekend. Deadline on Tuesday. Sick on Wednesday. Then exam on Thursday! I was so sick and out of it during the exam that I don’t really remember much. But I will try to share with you all. My exam was at 6pm on Thursday, so I took a day off from work and lay in bed all day just listening to the Schiff Hardin Lectures – very good overviews of the contracts and delivery methods right before the exam.

    Read more about my experience on the exam day after the break.

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    • Sounds like a decent start. If I may add a piece of advice. Test early in the morn. This way you can rest the night and wake up and get to it.  Weekends worked best for me. Check your test site. Also, get to test site 45-1hr before. They usually will sit you regardless of your test time if they have space and you are there. Those site rules are pretty standard. Some are even more restrictive so consider yourself lucky. Hope it was a pass! 

      Jun 5, 14 9:50 am  · 

      Thanks J. It was a pass! I should probably announce that. I wanted to do it before my birthday which landed on that following weekend and Thursday was the only day I could take off work that week so I did it on a Thursday, and 6pm was the only time available. My office gives us professional days off to take exams, which is awesome. People in my office take Mondays off to take advantage of the weekend for some last-minute studying. But I agree next time I will do it at an earlier time (probably not morning - I am not a morning person)...hope everything is going well with your exams!

      Jun 11, 14 10:58 pm  · 

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