After 3 failed attempts at PcM and failing PjM last month, I passed CE yesterday! To say a little weight has been lifted off my shoulders is an understatement. A little insight for this particular exam that I feel helped me pass: 1. I didn’t think AHPP really helped me on this exam too much. The last three sections is pretty much all you need to read and maybe brush up on project delivery methods if you’ve taken pcm and pjm prior like me. I think knowing delivery methods is important for all the pro prac exams. Just know what is included in contract docs and what is not and why. For this exam, the “why” is important. 2. Know standard construction details and be able to view a picture and determine and pinpoint what they are asking you to find...and why. I’ve been doing architectural drawings for almost 10 years so it came more natural to me. Building construction illustrated ch 3 and 7 is very helpful. 3. Know how to read the various AIA contract docs like change order, pay app, continuation sheet, etc. in the handbook for this exam. A Non negotiable is know the A201 and B101 like the back of your hand. I read these religiously every week. Absolutely the most important documents you need for this exam. The AHPP sections I mentioned earlier are basically a synopses of what’s in the contracts but it’s a good resource nonetheless. 4. Ballast CE section is very helpful and informative even though it’s just a more brief synopsis of the CA phase (that’s what this exam is). Just helps put the process in another perspective. Repetition is never bad! 5. Watch aia contract videos on YouTube as well. I didn’t read too much into the CSI manual too much, again, the same material is in the contracts and AHPP. However, it’s less dense so you can probably read thru it fast if you have the time. I went thru this entire exam in 2 hours. I used the last hour going over flagged questions that took more thought and analysis/calcs. The one bit of advice for this exam is that remember, YOU ARE NOT MAKING DECISIONS. You are simply recommending and assisting the owner because the owner is an innocent party! You are not telling anyone to do anything. Knowing this really helped me eliminate possible answers right off the bat which is why I was able to answer so many questions confidently so quickly. If you can remember this, you’ll be fine. Hope this insight helps you with CE. Onto retaking PjM in a month!
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