I took CE on Saturday and I passed on the first try! So I want to share my experience and what I studied. (To give a little background, I have already passed PcM and PjM)
First, the exam. It wasn't as painful as I as expecting....until I arrived at the case studies. I flew through the multiple choice (wasn't sure if that was a good or bad sign) and for the most part I felt comfortable with what was being asked, but the case studies were very time consuming. Very. I literally finished with a couple minutes to spare but I finished. I've seen where many have said if you don't have much CA and construction experience then you will struggle and there's probably some truth to that, but thankfully I didn't feel completely lost during the exam. I've only been working for 1 year so I'm a newbie, but because of the work we do in my firm (education) and my office is small, I am exposed to a lot. Also, I bother one of the architects in my office often and ask him A LOT of questions and he's always willing to explain things to me and is very helpful. So anyways, don't stress if you're a youngin like me. Just study smart (I have the wonderful people on this forum to thank for that!) and don't be afraid to ask questions!
Ok now what I studied.
- Schiff Hardin lectures â€“ I listened to A201 & B101 specifically. But I've been listening to these lectures since I took my first exam back in October so I have a pretty good grip on what is in them and what is not. People are not joking when they say know the A201. Know relationships between each party and who is responsible for what. Even if you think something isn't important, it is.
- AHPP - I mostly read the related sections in project delivery, bidding & negotiation, construction phase services, project completion, etc. To me, these sections are just a detailed expansion on a lot of what's in the A201 so they go hand in hand to me.
- Fundamentals of Building Construction. I found this to be very helpful in understanding excavation, waterproofing, etc.
So yea, those are basically the 3 sources I pulled from when studying. Some people study more or less. You just need to find what you're lacking in and choose the best study materials that work for you. The CE section of the handbook lays out what areas you will be tested over and it's true for the most part. Whatever you need to study to make sure you are knowledgeable in those areas, do that. A guy named Nicholas C. did a very good write up on CE on the forum and I found it very useful in helping me narrow down my studying.
So I will most likely move on to PDD and/or PPD next! I have seen suggestions of studying for both at the same time so I will look into that moving forward.
Keep on keeping on, we got this!!!
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