Failed CE 3 times - Advice to do next?

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    Matthew Bowers

    All of us study differently, but I would suggest preparing for PcM+PjM+CE as a unit. There is a significant amount of overlap between these three exams particularly, so you will pick up bits of knowledge that may pop up on CE while reading/studying other content. It will also allow you to avoid having to re-study information that will appear on multiple exams.

    Below are a few things I believe are especially important to CE:

    • CSI MasterFormat - Study divisions 00-14. CSI has a great intro series on YouTube
    • Building Construction Illustrated - Do a quick browse through this book. Pay particular attention to shallow concrete foundation detailing and masonry veneer detailing (i.e. weep holes, drip edges, air gaps, etc.)
    • G-Series Documents - These are short. Read through them and familiarize yourself with their layouts, information on each document, who has to sign, etc.
    • Construction Manager Contracts - Aside from traditional DBB, CE seems to focus heavily on the relationships and responsibilities of projects involving a CMc. Read A133 and B133, at minimum

    In my opinion, reading AHPP will get you 80-90% of the way there for all three of these exams. I'd read it in its entirety, take notes, then focus on other specifics for each exam, like the items I listed above. Best of luck going forward.

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    I'd suggest Fundamentals, getting out to visit construction sites, and watching youtubes of masonry, steel, etc. being built. Also reread everything you mentioned and get some new study materials and practice exams.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, NOMA, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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