First and foremost, good luck to everyone taking these exams!! I've been struggling with CE having failed before and took a long break from all exams before just getting back into it yesterday. It is doable, so keep at it. One thing I will say about the new format, I found the digital whiteboard to pretty much be unusable. Difficult to say the least and even seemed glitchy where some of the numbers I was typing were deleted. I opted to not even try to draw on it and just used the type icon to write out what I needed. This feature is a mess in my honest opinion. I am very nervous for exams with more calculation content and this resource. Team BRINGBACKTHESCRATCHPAPER 100%.
My approach when taking PcM and PjM exams was not as effective here because of the new format where the questions answered lock as you move on to the case study sections. I ran through the first section of questions and then spent a large chunk of time reviewing them. I was very nervous to not be able to go back at the end and change things as I think the resources attached to the case studies can oftentimes help clarify a previous question. In taking so much time to review my earlier questions before moving on, I was not able to go back on my case study questions (ran out of time).
I passed this exam yesterday and some of my main takeaways and study content is below:
-Familiarize yourself with wall sections, spend the time and know the components (weep holes & flashing, mastic etc.)
-Know the differences between bond types
-Expect a handful of Bidding requirement questions
-Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling! Bar/Gantt Charts, Milestones, CPM, Wall Schedule.
-Know the contracts! The AIA docs are vital. As I work for a developer, I get very stuck in the trap of thinking from the "owner" viewpoint so I really had to read through the questions and separate out the actual contractual responsibilities of the architect versus the contractor.
-Schiff Harden Lectures !!! (I had listened to the whole series when prepping for PcM & PjM, but I focused on the lectures specific to the contracts for this exam) Long but worth it.
-Ballast for an overview
-AHPP Chapters 9 & 10
-Building Codes Illustrated Chapters 10,11,14,& 18
-Building Construction Illustrated chapters 3 & 7
-Youtube: ArchiCorner has great content on ADA vs Bldg Code, calculating Occupancy, Egress, Building Types etc. But also one video resource brings up a host of others, I found these to be quick and straightforward. Great for the couple nights before when you're exhausted from the constant reading.
-Black Spectacles videos for an overview
GOOD LUCK & KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
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