I just took and passed the CE exam on the first try yesterday and thought I would share some things that I found helpful during my studying and the exam.
First, like others have mentioned, definitely try and take PcM and PjM prior to CE. I took both exams first, did not pass PjM but I didn't want to wait 60 days before taking another exam so I continued to study for CE and the studying I had already done for PjM was helpful.
First test taking piece of advice is as soon as the exam starts hit exam summary and scroll down to the case study questions and do those first or at least review the supporting material. There is usually information that will be helpful later in the exam.
For studying, like almost everyone else has said, know the A201 forwards and backwards and forwards again. I had so many questions pertaining to the A201. Luckily I had an A201 contract in my case study questions so I was able to flip back if I needed to check something. Also know the B101 and make sure you understand what the architect's roles and responsibilities are during each phase of design, bidding and construction and what the architect's roles and responsibilities are for different delivery methods.
The Harahan lectures on the A201 and B101 are a good resource. https://www.schiffhardin.com/professionals/attorneys/d-i/hanahan-michael-j/hanahan-lecture-notes-2017
Defiantly read the AHPP. The link below breaks out each exam and the suggested section to read which is very helpful. http://narmourwright.com/wp/index.php/wiley-publishing/
With respect to the A201 know when the contractor or owner are responsible for covering the cost of additional inspections, uncovering completed work etc. I had several questions regarding this topic.
Besides knowing the A201 and B101 know the other 8 contracts listed in the handbook and have an understanding of what other contract numbers such as A132, A232, B132 etc. are for.
Take a look at wall sections and have a good understanding of where weep wholes, flashing and vapor barriers are needed, Building Construction Illustrated was a good resource.
Know the lines of communication between the owner, architect, consultants, contractor and subs.
Finally, review and understand ADA code clearances. Turning radius, ramps, doors, openings etc.
For study / practice recourses I think Designer Hacks is helpful. There are definitely some issues but for the most part the exams are helpful to test your knowledge and they provide explanations for most of the answers at the end of the exam. Also the flashcards from PPI2@PASS.COM were helpful to review.
Hope this is helpful and good luck to all!
Retaking PjM in 4 weeks, fingers crossed!
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