Got my pass confirmation today after testing yesterday. Here are some takeaways from studying and taking the test:
I gave myself an extra two weeks instead of the 4 weeks I had been taking for my previous three exams (CE, PjM, PcM) but would have been fine with just 4 weeks. I didn't end up getting any third party study material. Just the three books cited in the handbook. Of the three only BCI was really worth it to me. Programming broad concepts can be googled and soil types, characteristics and impacts on construction also. I really felt like I over studied in terms on time and depth of detail into the topics. But I preferred over than under studying especially after hearing about others that have taken the exam and been rushed or ran out of time. Which is a perfect Segway into...
The exam itself. Like many others have noted, the content isn't overly complex or complicated nor is the arithmetic. Thankfully you can type numbers into the calculator using the keyboard now. What is tricky is paying attention to wording (near,adjacent, next to, etc), not getting distracted with extra information you are given, I tended to read the questions first in the case studies and then look up the info to answer. I didn't read thru all of any of the references provided. That's the next tip, know where to get info you need from the resources with the relevant information provided to help point you in the right direction. If you don't understand the concepts being tested or where to reference information quickly you will run out of time.
For the mutiltiple choice questions, there were several that were multi step and involved calculations. However there were the majority that you need to move thru quickly to make up for the more time consuming questions you'll encounter. If you know the answer right away or you have no idea, you need to spend the same minimal time to answer and move on. Flag it and come back only if you will actually change the answer. Like double checking calculations. Dont come back to one that you have no idea how to answer. Staring at it five more minutes isn't going to help you answer it.
In the end all those strategies had me finish up the MC portion with an hour and a half left for the case studies. Got through the case studies in an hour. One is more complex and one is easier. Used half of the 30 minutes left to check three flagged questions. Left 15 minutes on the clock when I ended the exam. I didn't want to go through and second guess any answers. And that's a good ending message: know what you know and don't know, invest your time wisely and move thru the questions confidently and not looking back.
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