Let me first start this message by saying, "Congratulations to all who passed the AICP exam!"
I, unfortunately was not among the one's who passed. Does that make me or anyone else who didn't pass a poor planner? Absolutely not!
The day I opened my mailbox to find the APA envelope marked "CONFIDENTIAL", my heart began to race. I remembered something a fellow planner had told me about the mailed results..."if it's addressed <your name here>, AICP, then you've passed." I quickly looked at the address label and realized I didn't have the identifiable letters after my name. I didn't make it through the door before tearing the envelope open to realize that I was not among the ranks of the AICP "planners". Furious, wasn't the word to describe my feelings.
As the anger turned into humility and my humility turned into a mope, I began to realize that all the studying in the world could not have prepared me for this dreadful exam. If given a year and every APA recommended readings, CD's, and pamphlets, I'd answer every question the same way I did on May 11.
Shortly after receiving the results, I performed a search for others planners who faced similar disappointing conclusions with the test. No message was to be found. Well, here's the first of hopefully a long line of other who find themselves part of the APAICP (Almost Passed AICP) group.
So all my fellow APAICP Planners, hold your head high, because there are no bad planners here!