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    Luke Durkin

    The last page of the ARE Handbook does not list any contract as reference material for PDD.  But many study guides have noted there is a lot of overlap between exams.  So I'd at least have an idea of what each of the big 5 contracts are for every exam.  (A101, A201, A701, B101 & C401.  

    Another good way to think of it, is that it's a low percentage item.  How much time do you want to invest in something that's probably only going to be a couple if any questions on the exam?  Study the high % items, as in things that will have a lot of questions on the test.  Also, study things that you think will be inevitable on the exam.  Like the other day, my boss sent us an email about water vapor getting trapped in roof assemblies and I thought, that's such a big thing (moisture in wall and roof assemblies) they're probably going to ask me several questions about that, I should review that again. 

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    Kristen Charters

    When I took PDD, I didn't get any contract specific questions, however, I did get some on the project manual and construction documents in general. So it wouldn't hurt to be familiar with the contracts, but as Luke mentioned above, don't spend a ton of time on it.

    You should be familiar with navigating a construction document set and be familiar with the first ten or so divisions of CSI specifications.

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    Luke Durkin

    I wonder if when they test out potential questions, if they put them outside the division they should be in, thus the source of overlap.

    (If you don't know, not all the question on the exam count, many are potential questions they're testing,)

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Luke,

    Just to clarify, when we pretest items, they are always tested out on their associated division. They are never placed on a different division. 

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    Stephanie Waples

    Nick,

    That's really interesting -- I've gotten a couple questions where I thought for sure it must be a pretest item because it seemed so off the wall for the division I was taking. For instance, while taking PcM, I got an item that appeared to clearly belong in CE, because it was about submittals and I couldn't recall reading ANYTHING in my PcM studies for submittals. The only way I could rationalize it in the moment was, "This HAS to be a pretest item for CE, so just take your best guess -- it won't matter to your overall score." I'd say I've seen probably 1 or maybe 2 like this on each of the 3 exams I've taken. 

    Good to know moving forward. Maybe I'm not remembering correctly. It has been a while, and I never felt the need to do anything about it because 1) I assumed it was just a pretest item, and 2) I ended up passing. 

    Stephanie

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    Jonathan Chertok (Edited )

    from what i can tell i would study Project Manual and Masterspec. ballast 4.0 and ballast 5.0 have good material on this. AGS has good material on this. there is a good ARE Coach link, some wikipedia entries and one Construction Canada link that is very good. maybe someone can post up the links...

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