4 Ways To Fail Your Architecture Registration Exam

It can be easy for test-takers to get fixated on only one aspect of an examination and ignore the rest. Unfortunately, exam stress can lead to burnout and failure. In this article, we’ll give you some important tips to help alleviate exam stress.


False Statements. All too often, test-takers focus only on one aspect of a test, making sure they memorize all the possible answers before moving on to the next question. But, in reality, multiple choice is not as simple as answering one true or false statement and answering another true or false statement. Indeed, answering more than one question correctly (or incorrectly) will significantly alter the possible answers you come up with. So, be sure to mentally walk through all the possible answers and then write down the correct ones in chronological order.

No Assessing. One of the biggest mistakes made by exam-takers is assuming that they already know the answer to a question before looking at any possible sources of information or studying further about the topic. Exam studying should involve actively searching for new and interesting information, but many people get caught up in focusing on the answers they already know. As a result, they waste time reviewing old information that may have been helpful in the past, but which no longer applies.

No Testing. This is one of the most common mistakes made by test-takers. They assume that since they “pass” or “fail” a test the first time, there’s no need to study or prepare for a second or third exam. However, passing an exam the first time doesn’t always mean you’ll necessarily pass it the second time. Many states require students to take a certain number of units and/or practice tests in order to renew their license.

No Planning. This is a big mistake made by many who plan on studying for the architectural field’s state exam. While taking small steps in the right direction may help you in your efforts to better yourself, doing the complete opposite is often disastrous. For example, many students assume that they’ll automatically “pass” the exam the first time they practice a design or read a section of an article. However, practicing too much is not the way to make sure you pass your architecture registration exam.

In short, it’s best to avoid some of these bad habits when studying for your architectural exam. Taking the exams and practicing are both important elements of the learning process. However, excessive studying or procrastinating is not. Both of these behaviors can prove detrimental to your success.