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    David Kaplan (Edited )

    Scott,

    Congratulations!!!!  And - completely not surprised whatsoever.  As we had said in a previous post, we knew you'd pass.  Enjoy finally being done!!!  As for what to do now, I recommend the following:

    • Drink.
    • Drink again.
    • Drink one more time.
    • Construction drinking.
    • Project drinking.
    • Basic Drinking.

    In all seriousness, congrats again, and celebrate!

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    Luis Fretes Ortigoza

    Congratulations!! I am taking CE in June. I just finished listening to the Hardin Lectures and moving on to the Ballast...when you say "basic math" I am assuming you're referring to some type of fee calculations for projects. Were they similar to the calculations included in the Hardin Lectures?

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks David and Luis! It's definitely a good feeling being done, and it's great to have a bit more freedom in my evenings these days too!

    Luis, I'd suggest listening to the Schiff Hardin lectures as much as possible for the A201, the more you know that contract the better. And by 'basic math' I mean the math you learned in 3rd grade...I honestly don't remember that I had any questions that involved anything more than addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Might have just been the version of the exam I got (or maybe I forgot?) but I wouldn't stress over any calculations.

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    Jonathan Schluenz

    Congratulations and thanks for the recommendations!

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    Jonathan Schluenz

    Congratulations and thanks for the recommendations!

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    Ryan NCARB

    Congratulations Scott!

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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    Throwing in an "edit" -- I didn't see this until today!

    Scott, CONGRATULATIONS!  

    CE was probably a bit of a sleepwalk for you after passing all the others...

    So how long did your ARE exam process take?  I think you started when I was finishing up -- I feel like you're the last of the extended group I knew during my exams.

    You've also been a great help to others on this forum. ( Even with the 2 or 3 candidates who have recently tested the patience of all mankind.)       

    I do like David's recommendations moving forward -- time to celebrate.

    Nicely done, sir. 

     

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks everyone! Looking forward to a few days at the beach after a project deadline tomorrow :) 

    Kurt, I started studying for PDD and PDD after Thanksgiving last year, and went mostly non-stop since then. I think I started reading posts on here early or mid-November last year to begin prep, but wanted to enjoy one more holiday without studying. I did get the flu after PPD so I had a week or so where I didn't study and then another few days trying to get motivated again for PA, but otherwise I was fairly consistent studying at least an hour a day, aside from weekends which varied from no studying to several hours of studying...

    I've received a lot of support and encouragement from you and others on this forum and am happy to pass it along! I know everyone's different and I don't think my knowledge/experience is anything special, but I appreciate the opportunity to pass along thoughts from my perspective. 

    I know others have had a much longer and more difficult journey, so I'm very grateful for the success I had with the exams. I can't imagine going through this process with kids or extra responsibilities some of these candidates are balancing, and just hope others can stay motivated and encouraged to get through these exams! 

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Scott -- I was similarly grateful about my level of success with the exams...  I've definitely got all of the responsibilities you mention above, plus several more...and I was able to knock out all of the exams within about 5 or 6 months of actual study and exam time.  I think passing both PPD and PDD close together was a big surprise for me -- if someone had told me I had to do it that way, wow -- sounds awful!  

    I'm tailing out my time here, but I've enjoyed helping where I could on this forum; however, I've definitely felt very ill-equipped to help those who have really struggled to pass the exams -- those who have failed single exams multiple times -- ugh...how to help them...?     

    Anyway, congrats again!  

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    Brian Chanda

    Hi Scott,

    Congrats!

    What resources did you study for the details and construction observation piece of the exam?

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    Brian Chanda

    Hi Scott,

    Congrats!

    What resources did you study for the details and construction observation piece of the exam?

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks Brian! CE was my last exam so I had already studied that type of thing for the others and felt comfortable with that content.

    For details, I had studied Building Construction Illustrated and Architectural Graphics Standards. Both of those books are great but are probably a bit overkill for CE. If you have any experience with construction drawings or know how a building goes together, you'll probably be fine for the detail questions on the exam. Knowing how to keep water out of a building (flashing and basic waterproofing details) and insulate a building are probably the majority of what you'll see, some questions just require a bit of common sense. If you feel less familiar with that content and haven't worked on any construction drawings, you can study the details in those two books and they'll give you a bit of a head start for the other exams.

    For construction observation, I didn't study much specifically, aside from stuff that came up in contracts. I think most of those questions are about recognizing what's in a picture and having a basic understanding of the construction process. If you know how a building goes up and know what things look like, I don't think you need to stress about it. Ultimately I think this section is where real-world experience was most helpful for me, but going into the exam I still wasn't done with my AXP hours for CE, so I didn't have a lot of experience, just some general site observation and an awareness of buildings and the construction process. I'm not sure what to suggest for studying this part other than going to a job site and asking questions with the PM or CA person you're with.

    Hope that helps, good luck!

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    Azarnoush Nazari

    HelloScott,

    thanks for your post. I heard  from  friends there are questions related to concrete like concrete tests and also excavation . Where can i study them?  Can you please tell me what resource did you use?

     

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    Scott Barber

    Hi Azarnoush, it's been a few months since I've taken the exam but I can't remember a lot of questions about that. I'm sure they show up, but they're not a priority for this exam. Since I had already passed all the other exams when I took CE, I didn't spend much time studying that type of content. I think my last comment in response to Brian was all the advice I can give on that info. Wish I could be of more help, good luck!

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