I passed PA yesterday. I have so far taken PcM, PjM, and CE. Unlike the other exams that I have taken, I found the Ballast 5.0 study guide to be very useful for this exam. The content that I encountered on the exam was really very thoroughly covered by the Ballast material.
The case studies are a different matter. Being familiar with the IBC is critical for these case studies. I got familiar with the IBC by using Building Codes Illustrated as a guide and felt well prepared. The thing about the IBC is that the point is to NOT try and memorize info from the building codes. Knowing where to quickly find the information and how to run the equations is what you need to know. I read through BCI chapters 3, 5, and 6 and skimmed chapter 10.
I spent a full hour and half on these case studies and there were two questions that I just gave up on after spending 15 minutes on them and not getting an answer.
Good luck to all!
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