PA Pass: Study Tips

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    Elif Bayram

    Hi Jared,

    Congratulations on your pass!! This is a great summary, thank you so much! I will take PA next week so this summary highlighted what still needs to be covered until then. I was wondering what you meant by PPD and PA ARE Handbook Video Series? Are they provided by a specific third party? Do you mind providing a link?

    Thanks and good luck with PPD and PDD!!

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    Elif Bayram

    Did you mean this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VruRqnjPJ9I ..? 

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    Jared Weaver

    Yup. Thats the one. It has some questions content similar to what you might find in the test.

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    Tony Young

    Jared

     

    Did you have any question related to taxes and financing?

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    Tony Young

    Also Site Planning and Design has a lot of content are there certain chapters you would recommend?

     

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    Jared Weaver

    Tony:

    A lady named Amelia had outlined which chapters to read on Site Planning amd Design as well as Dave Kaplan. I followed the items to read based on their study guides. I think I had one maybe 2 questions on taxes. I think the ballast book prepared me adequately for those questions.

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    Tony Young

    Jared,

     

    Thanks, I have seen those post by Dave Kaplan for chapters was curious were those what you studied to.  I was reading through the tax stuff and was thinking to myself would NCARB really ask me about taxes. I guess they will, good thing I read it in Ballast book.

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    Jared Weaver

    You know...now thst I think about it...im not sure if they did actually ask about taxes or financial bonds and stuff. But it honestly isnt a bad thing to be prepared for if they do.

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    Jared Weaver

    Tony,
    I studied the chapters David outlined and thst was absolutley sufficient. His and Amelia outline are what worked for me. The thing to remember with the test is to answer only what the question is asking. If it asks for best solar layout, answer accordingly. If it asks best approach for pedestrian, your answer needs to address best pedestrian approach the best. The test is really about knowing what the item is trying to ask of you. Understanding the question asked is the biggest part to all of the ARE I think...along side knowing what to study for for each exam and actually putting in the hard work to learn what is required. This community is great for answering the question, 'what do I need to study for this exam?'

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    Jared Weaver

    Tony,
    I studied the chapters David outlined and thst was absolutley sufficient. His and Amelia outline are what worked for me. The thing to remember with the test is to answer only what the question is asking. If it asks for best solar layout, answer accordingly. If it asks best approach for pedestrian, your answer needs to address best pedestrian approach the best. The test is really about knowing what the item is trying to ask of you. Understanding the question asked is the biggest part to all of the ARE I think...along side knowing what to study for for each exam and actually putting in the hard work to learn what is required. This community is great for answering the question, 'what do I need to study for this exam?'

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    CAROLINA SALGADO MALDONADO

    congrats Jared!

    did you study about project budget and project schedule? 

    Do you recommend studying a lot of this section?

     

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    Jared Weaver (Edited )

    I don't think I had many. Understand the basics. For instance,  a project needs this, this, and this. Based on the information whats the most important piece of the project. You need to infer based on the given criteria the most critical piece. This could be budget or schedule based. general understanding of schedule and budget is what I needed to know. I had no calcs or gant charts. Understanding the principals will help of course.

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    Michael Lawson

    From what I could find, the David Kaplan Site Planning and Design guide you are referencing is found here. Let me know if I am wrong on that mark. I could not find Amelia's guide, but David's recommendation looks sufficient. 

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    David Kaplan

    Michael,

    Yep that's correct.  I probably should re-post that PA study approach I did because it's buried in another post about 4.0 / 5.0 transition and people won't find it. 

    Funny enough, I got the list of chapters to study for from this forum myself, so glad to see it passing forward!  Good luck all.

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    Michael Lawson

    Thanks David, yeah I had to dig a little to find that one. I had seen it before, but ultimately the guide makes sense when you look at the chapters and the content of the test. Thanks for your advice! 

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    Janice Chiu

    Hi Jared,

    Did you mean you study 

    "Building Construction Illustrated" or "Building Code Illustrated"? 

    Memorize different occupancy uses. Understand the entire egress section and be able to ID different parts of the egress path. Understand building types and how that affects building height/area. 

    Based on your description, I think you are talking about " Building Code Illustrated"? 

    Thanks

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    Jared Weaver

    See building code illustrated. You can view about 75% of Building Code Illustrated in the preview on Amazon which is all I used because I didnt have the book.

    You should read the appropriate chapter in the IBC and use Building Code Illustrated to help you understand the IBC.

    Hope that helps some.

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    Jared Weaver

    Janice in case you need the IBC here you go

    For easy reference, the public version of IBC 2015 is here: https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/IBC2015/toc

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