Studying AHPP

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    Matthew Bowers

    Consider the guides only as a bare minimum framework for approaching your study. If you will be using AHPP as your primary resource for these exams (I did too), you're effectively going to be reading the entire book. My main suggesting for PcM+PjM+CE is to approach the exams as a unit. You're going to end up wasting time and having to reread several sections if you attempt to utilize AHPP on an exam-by-exam basis, due to the considerable amount of overlap between the exams.

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    Sarah Al-Tekreeti

    Thanks Matthew! What did study besides AHPP that helped you pass the three practical exams? I used the Amber Book as my main source but felt not enough after failing CE back in September. Now I’m reading the contracts word by word, following Wiley’s AHPP breakdown and Hyperfine which is very helpful with the math equations.

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    Matthew Bowers

    For those three, I primarily used AHPP, in addition to reading every contract listed in the ARE Guidelines, listening (and reading along) to the Michael Hanahan lectures, and the Black Spectacles practice exams. For PcM, you'll also need to read the AIA's Code of Ethics and NCARB's Models Rules of Conduct. And for CE, I did a quick skim through Building Construction Illustrated for some of the most common detailing methods, especially as it relates to foundations and masonry veneer details. YouTube also has a ton of resources, like channels from AIA Contract Documents and Construction Specifications Institute, to fill in the necessary gaps.

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    Sarah Al-Tekreeti

    Thanks for your help Matthew!!

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