PCM-PJM-CE passed



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    Shreya Agarwal

    Thank you so much for this post! I am taking my exam in a week and freaking out a little because I have been so confused where to study the construction parts from. I too have very little construction detail experience and all the posts are saying very conflicting things.


    Do you think reading the CSI Project resource manual is necessary? Do you think you need an in depth or basic knowledge of CSP Specifications etc?

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    Lara Zakhem

    Hello Shreya,

    Glad this could help. Honestly, I didn't study or read the CSI project manual, so i'm not sure if it's a good resource for this exam. I mostly focused on Ching's Building Construction Illustrated and researched construction details online when I couldn't find what I was looking for in the book - mainly focused on wall section flashing/weep holes/sealant, drainage systems (roof/wall/foundation waterproofing or damproofing), be able to read an AC duct system plan. the construction detail questions are not difficult but the first time I took the exam I wasn't familiar with most of the details mentioned above so I had some difficulties.

    As for specs, I had one or two questions about specs in the case study but a spec document is given as a reference. Maybe just get familiar with the format of a spec document to know how to navigate it during the test? Make sure to use the 'word search' tool in a document to avoid wasting a lot of time when looking for an answer 

    hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions. 

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    Alexandria Hoevel

    I just passed CE after passing both PcM and PjM, and was about to leave a very similar comment about my review of the test, and what I studied. 

    I'm backing up everything in this post, except I did not use Brightwood, BCI (because I've been doing CD's for 15 years), and never have used Designer Hacks.


    The exam review is spot on though.

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    Efrain Machado (Edited )

    Hi Lara,

    I appreciate your post very much! I am currently studying for the CE exam (my very first ARE exam), and your info regarding study materials is a great help.

    I wanted to ask you if you read/studied the 2018 Master Format intensively? How important is the master format compared to other study material in this exam?

    Also, would you know if Brightwood flashcards are a good study material to invest in? 

    Best, Efraín

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