Additional Study Materials?

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    Arica Nevraumont

    That particular sample item references the IRC, but the IRC is not listed as a recommended study source in the back of the Handbook.  I am following the same path you are  (PcM, PjM CE).  So far it seems like in addition to CSI book and all the contracts/agreements just plain old site visits/observations and attending OAC meetings will be really helpful in passing the test.  Will be taking the CE test next week.

     

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    Lynsie Conn

    I'm taking the CE test next week as well to take advantage of the early tester benefits. I'm sure studying for the other sections would help with the observation section, but I agree that with the order we are taking them we'll have to rely on our own experiences for that section of the test.

    For MasterFormat, are you memorizing all of the numbers/titles or just studying how to apply them? I had only a few memorization based questions come up in my other two tests, so I'm debating how much effort I should put in to that given the amount of study time I have left.

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    Arica Nevraumont

    Yea there was one question on the PjM test that required memorization of the spec sections and I felt stupid for not at least attempting to memorize the spec sections.  Its just one point but could have been an easy one!  I am really trying to drill down into Division 01 because in practice I tend to ignore it. Also trying to get intimate with the A101 and A201.

     

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    Justin Pelland

    I just took this test an hour ago. I ended up with an extra hour at the end even after going through all my flagged items but I don't know if that's good or bad. One thing I was surprised by was that some of the questions required detailed knowledge of construction practices, interpretation of construction documents (including consultants), and knowledge of sequencing / means and methods. I had a few questions that asked for very specific information including some that were actual pictures of installations / construction work in progress and required you to place a hot spot on a location or analyze what you see in the image. Luckily I've been doing CA for years, but it makes it hard to recommend a study material to prepare of those. The only thing I could really suggest would be thorough and comprehensive experience actually performing CA. Over the past few years I've spent hundreds of hours on construction sites and thousands of hours doing CA and I felt I wouldn't have been able to answer some of the questions without that practical experience under my belt. Maybe McGraw Hill has a reference book that's helpful?

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    Arica Nevraumont

    Thank you Justin for your post, very helpful.  I will be taking the exam on Monday an also have a lot of construction site observation and CA experience so hopefully this will be a breeze. 

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    Lynsie Conn

    Thank you for the information Justin. I'm hoping I have enough experience to make it through that portion of the exam. Guess we'll see... Good luck to everyone! 

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