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Old 08-21-2018, 11:47 AM
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I just finished, probably put in about 14 hours each day. A lotta of time is just sitting there thinking what the hell is going on. I can see myself putting in more time if there wasn't any discussion sessions from AO. IA and FA are both pretty hectic.
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i'm not really sure how long it took me to do FA. does reading threads and old google groups prior to downloading count towards the hours total? also, some of my time spent was wasted time due to being sleep deprived from insomnia after the first night.

i think if it takes 70+ hours, a lot of that time probably isn't productive time. i don't think it should take that long. it is pretty time consuming though. It takes a while to write a 10,000 word paper.
Haha. I had all of last week to work on EOMs and study. I became unconscionably sleep-deprived and weaved some absolute comedy into EOM6 in my final hours. Had to fetch out the nonsense this afternoon.

Diminishing returns is real. I can remain productive for a long time, but the FA time limit is daunting. It's going to be a helluva dance when I get to it.
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Now that I've finished the FAP course, here's my take. I've included the amount of time spent completing each exercise and my approximate word count as well.

IA - In my opinion, the content/difficulty of this exercise surpassed the others by quite a bit, especially since it can't be discussed. (50 hrs, 9.2K words).

FA - The content was tougher than the EOMs, but not as bad as the IA. I felt this was a fair assessment, albeit a bit vague at times. The time crunch was the most difficult part, although I was able to stay on task and commit my final day purely to review, editing, and clean-up. Being able to discuss the FA with others was helpful. (33 hrs, 10.3K words)

EOM6 - I disliked how vague and generic this EOM felt. Answering each point in the assignment wasn't too bad, but piecing it together into a coherent memo was difficult. (10 hrs, 3.1K words)

EOM3 - This exercise felt like a lot of work and took the most time of the EOMs. Reading through the exercise was intimidating at first, but once I got the ball rolling I was able to grind it out. (14 hrs, 3.9K words)

EOM1 - A bit confusing, but doable. If it weren't the first FAP exercise I'd rank it lower. (11 hrs, 2.5K words)

EOM7 - An overall straightforward EOM. The actual content of this exercise was quick to work through, but paying close attention to communication, formatting, etc. took some extra time and thought. (9 hrs, 2.0K words)

EOM4 - Interestingly, this is the only exercise I failed (and I have no idea why). I thought both assignments were simple, quick, and straightforward. I'd call this the easiest if I hadn't failed my first attempt. (6 hrs, 2.1K words)

EOM2 - One of my college majors was economics and I feel that helped a lot with this exercise. This EOM involved more reading than the others, but it was a relative breeze for me. (11 hrs, 3.1K words)
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Now that I've finished the FAP course, here's my take. I've included the amount of time spent completing each exercise and my approximate word count as well.

IA - In my opinion, the content/difficulty of this exercise surpassed the others by quite a bit, especially since it can't be discussed. (50 hrs, 9.2K words).

FA - The content was tougher than the EOMs, but not as bad as the IA. I felt this was a fair assessment, albeit a bit vague at times. The time crunch was the most difficult part, although I was able to stay on task and commit my final day purely to review, editing, and clean-up. Being able to discuss the FA with others was helpful. (33 hrs, 10.3K words)
Why vague? Like vague as usual for FAP? Or worse?

Sorry, I'm interested. TY.

EDIT: CONGRATS! Go knock PA on its arse and you got ASA! I'm happy for ya!
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Why vague? Like vague as usual for FAP? Or worse?
Maybe "vague" is a bad word. I mean that there are a couple tasks with generic verbiage that makes it difficult to grasp what exactly the graders want to see you do/write. So perhaps "unclear" is a better descriptor.

I'd say that overall the questions for the FA are clearer than the EOM questions -- most of the tasks are pretty straightforward in what they ask. But there are a few places that forced me to spend extra time just figuring out how to interpret the questions and how I should respond to them. Given the time crunch of the FA, this was pretty frustrating.

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Thank you! I'm about to start seriously studying for PA (mostly just been perusing R for Everyone so far) and would be thrilled to knock it out on my first attempt. Good luck with the rest of FAP!
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EOM4 - Interestingly, this is the only exercise I failed (and I have no idea why). I thought both assignments were simple, quick, and straightforward. I'd call this the easiest if I hadn't failed my first attempt. (6 hrs, 2.1K words)
that seemed to happen to a lot of people. i was afraid of that module due to all the people failing it. i guess i found the trick to passing it, but it's kind of a mystery.
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