Took FAR yesterday......
First Testlet- Medium difficulty. Although I was freaking out at first, I settled in and was able to get through this one with only a few hiccups. Right off the bat I knew the examiners had a 6th sense of knowing exactly what my weaknesses were and planned to exploit them. 45 mins spent here.
Second Testlet- Questions were def. more lengthy, difficulty was a bit more than the first testlet. Overall the plot to exploit my 2 weaknesses (areas I slacked on during review, for lack mental storage space of course!) continued to be a constant theme. Through the second testlet I just kept thinking to myself " How the F do they know? How!!!!!!!" Spent roughly 40 mins here.
Third Testlet- Couldnt notice a real difficulty level increase from the first two testlets. Some questions were cake, others were borderline insane. Took some narrowed down guesses and moved on. Time spent 40 mins.
SIMS- I wanted to give myself as much time as possible for these beasts, wound up with 2 hours alotted here. Started with the research and am confident that I was able to get that down within 10 mins. 1 sim was from left field, hopefully a pretest, pretty sure I got that one completely wrong. 3 were doable with the information given, although the way the information is presented made absolutley no sense at all, so I can't be confident at all on any of them. The 1 other sim was on something I had studied extensivly, so I was happy to see it at first. After reading through the sim however, my sentiment changed, had no clue how do go about performing what they were asking for. It's like they decided to take a topic I enjoyed and felt confident in and tell me " Ohhh soo you think you know whats up, think again buddy. " Continued to fill in what I could with some guesses and put my head down for a few minutes. With 40 mins to spare bits and peices of all of the sims had been filled in, therefore I used the research tab for the rest of time trying to pull together any information that I could. Overall not confident at all with any of the sims.
Advice- If you feel you are weak in a few areas, study them until you have them down. The examiners have a sixth sense for sensing your weaknesses and on test day 90% of the questions will be on those few topics. Work computation MCQ's until you can no longer function. I was waiting for conceptual questions so that I could take a "mental break" during the exam, but they never came. Each question was a battle in itself. Time mangament is underrated, I keep hearing people talk about and am like "okay we get it", but on test day it is key. Having a little extra time on the SIMS could be the difference, so don't get bogged down by unfamiliar MCQ's.
Overall I don't think there is a chance in hell that I passed, we will see I guess.
AUD- 71, 73, 87 Done!!!!!
FAR- 72, 77