Just took CE on Friday and passed. Here's my general thoughts:
1. I took PcM and PjM immediately prior to this test, and took this test about 9 days after PjM. I felt like this was more than enough time, and in fact took 3 days off of studying prior to CE.
2. Obviously, this test is big on contracts. I found reading A201 with commentary and the AIA guide to the docs, specifically the A201 section, were the most valuable things I read.
3. I also skimmed through the entirety of "Building Construction Illustrated," per some suggestions from others. I had a fair number of CE - photo type evaluation questions, and I can't say there's any way to definitively prep for them other than familiarizing yourself with basic construction techniques, and critically thinking through what you are looking at. These photos aren't super high-res and there is usually a distilled amount of information in each one, meaning that there are only a couple of elements per that you need to really pay attention to and discern between.
4. I took PcM, PjM and CE all within a period of about 27 days. There was plenty of overlap between them and actually felt like I had more than enough time.
5. Moderate your coffee input prior to the test! I happened to have a bad bout of insomnia the night before so I ended up drinking about 36 oz of coffee prior to my test at 8 AM. I started with the case studies and barely made it through them before taking my break, only because I had to pee so bad!
6. I actually finished this test with more than an hour left - more time than I had left for both PcM and PjM.
7. I took tons of practice tests from different sources before this (and all) of my tests - I found this to be one of the most effective ways for me to study. I used Designer Hacks, Ballast, Black Spectacles for this exam.
That's it! I'm jumping right into PA in a little less than a week, so I have lots of reading to do!
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