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    Claire Giacalone (Edited )

    hi chloe! thanks for all the tips for studying!! which was the best for construction observation and the details?

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    Chloe Jensen

    I would say Building Construction Illustrated helped me there but also a bit of Youtube as well. It was not like I encountered a ton of those questions on the exam but I'd recommend just re-familiarizing yourself. 

    An example question would be locating where the flashing and mastic on a section should be if it was missing. Or where the scupper would be located with certain parameters provided. But that was just a handful of questions - the contracts were tied to the bulk of this exam experience for me. 

    The chapters called out above helped me but to each their own of course. I spent a lot of time this go-around making sure I understood the concepts rather than trying to memorize anything (whether it was the contracts or detail members). 

    Good luck!!

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    Mara Celina Caoile

    Thanks for the insight Chloe! I failed CE back in 2019 and finally gained the courage to retake it next month! I'm curious though for how long you studied for this test? When I first took it, I studied for about a month. This time around, due to planned vacations and other personal reasons, I only have about 2 weeks to restudy for this exam. Do you think that's enough time?

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    Chloe Jensen

    Hi Mara,

    I would say at least you have attempted the exam prior and are in a position to refamiliarize yourself rather than starting from scratch. 

    I studied intermittently over a period of 5-6 weeks but I spent the last two weeks before the exam treating studying like a job. Since this is my third exam (after studying for PjM & PcM), I felt more comfortable with the contracts so really used the Schiff Harden contract lectures as a refresher and spent the majority of my time on the other areas. 

    Looking at what I've listed above, I think more time is beneficial but not always necessary. Everyone is different, my last two weeks of studying was very focused but I think because I started studying earlier I was able to use the black spectacles videos and ballast chapters as an intro and not material I relied on. 

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    Julianna Mendoza

    Hey Chloe,

    Thank you for providing such detailed study tips! Can you tell me how you found out that previously answered questions locked as you moved onto the case study section? Is there a disclaimer on this at the start of the exam? I also referred back to the case study resources on PcM and PjM, so I'm a little worried about that.

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    Chloe Jensen

    It was made clear on the exam that once I took a break and moved onto the case studies I would not be able to go back to my previously answered questions. 

    I'm sure NCARB can clear this up more as I think some people choose not to take a break. In the updated guidelines it says: When you return from a break, all items that you have already viewed will be locked, including those marked for later review, and you will not be able to view or edit them again. 

    I probably would have elected not to take a break but I had the time to review my flagged answers before choosing to take one and felt relatively confident to move on. Plus I am not someone who can sit through questioning for that long without a breather....

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    Kawai Yam

    Chloe Jensen Can you please give me some hint on where to place the mastic? I am guessing it could be placed between the wood floor and the interior wall location? Thanks. 

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    Devina Parbhoo

    Congrats on the pass! That's a huge accomplishment!

    If anyone else is looking for free resources on what to study and general studying tips, I made a YouTube video explaining everything I did in order to pass the exam in 1 month. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/-qPZkheCijE 

    Happy Studying!

    Ps. I made a video of study tips for each of the ARE 5.0 exams. Check them out on my channel.

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