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    Deborah Balcarek

    Thank you Osman and Congratulations!!  How many hours would you say you studied in the 3 weeks?  Also did you use any other test prep question/sites?  Best of luck on your last two exams!

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    Osman Bilger

    Hello. Half hour to and from work on the train, and then an hour at home each day. 3 or 4 hours each on the weekends.
    Most important thing is to take notes. Even if its unorganized. Mimics how all over the place the exam is anyway :)

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    Rachel Martinez

    What resources did you use to study? I see you mention a "Site Design Handbook"... where is this from?
    Thank you! And congrats on passing :) 

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    Osman Bilger

    https://www.ncarb.org/sites/default/files/ARE5-Handbook.pdf

     

    page 177 lists the recommended sources. This document should guide your studies. Been using it section by section the first 4 exams and the material has aligned to the content

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    Samuel Stewart

    For Problem Seeking, what is the building efficiency section you referenced?

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    Osman Bilger

    starting at page 110. Its technically a real estate topic, but the efficiency of our floor plan drives the numbers so the exam will test you on changes you make affecting these numbers. Dont go nuts. Gross vs net and how changing one affects the efficiency. Just be able to work from one to another and back. 

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    Rose Gamble

    Hi Osman. Thanks so much for the tips! About the net vs. gross you mentioned. I understand the basic principle – if the net to gross is 75% and net is known, then net x 1.33333 = gross. I am wondering about to solve these problems if the net to gross is listed as a low number, such as 20% as I have seen on various practice problems. It seems odd that the net would be so much lower than the gross area… am I missing something?

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    Elif Bayram

    Hi Osman! Congratulations on another pass!! I took a long (in fact a bit too long) vacation after passing first three exams by August (CE, PJM & PCM) and finally back to studying. I have PA scheduled by November 8th and I will have 2-3 hours a day to study until then (adds up to 100 hours-ish). Do you think is it enough?

    Also, right now I am working on study materials, went thru Ncarb Reference Matrix and now reading threads here. My plan is to focus on The Site Planning and Design Handbook and Ballast PA sections at first. Than, I will skim thru 4.0 PPP and SPD sections of Ballast as well. I understand studying on; Sun, Wind & LightProblem Seeking,  Building Codes Illustrated: 2015 and  ADA Standards are musts as well. I create my own questions while studying all the materials, it has been a helpful strategy so far. So I was wondering what do you think about the sources and timing that I mentioned? Did you benefit from any online subscription based practice questions like Black Spectacles, Designer Hacks etc..? 

    Thanks a lot and good luck with remaining two exams!!

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