Passed PA without 3rd party material

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    Matthew Lawton

    I take P&A on Friday. There are more than three books cited in the Handbook Matrix. Most of what I see though is BCI, Problem Seeking Primer, and Site Planning and Design Handbook? Am I overstudying with 4.0 Kaplan, Ballast (PPP & SPD), as well as BCI, Primer and SPDH? And nearly ten years experience?

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    Rafael Enriquez

    I should clarify I was referring to the three main ones in the PA section, not at the matrix at the back of the handbook. The three are BCI, Problem Seeking, and SPDH.

    Ballast should be good for the questions. Other reference I forgot to mention was getting familiar if you aren't yet with IBC 2012 chapters 3,5,6, and 10. Try designer hacks PPP questions too.

    Like I said, I prefer to be over prepared. Just wanted to give my experience in case others out there are thinking they may not be ready or need to buy tons of books or resources. Good luck!

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    Egipcia Nadir Perez Herrera (Edited )

    Hi Rafael,

    Thank you for your post; Can you please advise on where to study for the calculations on PA exam (FAR-Efficiency ratios)?

    I feel that Kaplan is not enough.

    Thank you,

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    Rafael Enriquez

    Egipcia, I think Ballast has some examples but I didn't end up reviewing it. I kind of made my own examples to learn the concepts. It would be good to not just know how to calculate the efficiency but also how to use the same formula to calculate for the other factors too like the net or gross area. FAR is pretty basic in terms of calculating, but knowing how additional factors can affect the allowable area per IBC tables and notes would be a better investment to study.

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    Erica Spayd

    Problemseeking, pages 96-103 for efficiency ratios. These are honestly the most useful pages in this book in terms of studying.

    For FAR, you can reference almost any zoning ordinance for info on how to calculate.

    And to further what Rafael said, you should also be familiar with where in the IBC you can find allowable areas, area increases for fire protection, etc.

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