I took (and passed!) CE on Monday, and wanted to share what I studied that I felt was useful, and what I would do differently if I was to do it again. This was my second exam, after passing PA.
- I took this exam to correspond with studying for CSI's CDT exam, but if I wasn't doing so I think some of the construction observation type questions would have been easier after PPD & PDD
- As noted by other posters, look at wall sections.
- Look at construction photos, especially if you don't have a lot of construction observation experience. Even better, find photos of key construction details/sections and compare them so you can identify them in either form. (Is there a book or resource that does this? I haven't run across one.)
- Know what the AIA contract docs do when given their number only
- Review life safety requirements
- Know the A201 very well. The Schiff Hardin lectures were helpful.
- Be able to read a variety of construction schedules
- Don't forget that NCARB provides some of the AIA contracts for you to study
- Applicable to all tests: Open up the demo exam and use its calculator for practice problems while studying, that way you get used to how it works and what functions it has/doesn't have.
In the test
- Check the case studies first to find out if you have contract documents to reference- I ended up racing back through to find questions I could double-check.
- I think that Building Construction Illustrated, and possibly the IBC and ANSI should be marked on the reference matrix for CE
- I was surprised to see questions that required you to know what an AIA contract document was by its number only (beyond A201) because to me that felt like it fell into the "Remember" cognitive complexity level, which per the handbook isn't supposed to be part of ARE 5.0.
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