I passed P&A today - preliminary, actually, so I'm waiting a few days until it gets officially posted to my account.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to this community - your comments and experiences are really helpful and useful.
So here are some comments which I hope can be useful to others...
...On taking the test & prep-tests:
I found this test harder than the previous two tests (Practice M. & Project M.). I studied for 10 weeks about 20 hours per week for this one, took 7 prep tests, and got +/-60's on all the prep tests - Kaplan, Black Spectacles, Design Hack. I had to RUSH through the real test - I only had 1 minutes and 28 seconds left when I finished - VERY tight on time. It really helped me to have taken 7 prep tests so I knew I could finish in time. There was some rather pour grammar on some of the questions which made me take extra time just to figure out what was being asked.
...On reference materials & key topics. See list below. There are some long books in this list (like Mech & Elect Equipment, the Site ones, and the Space Planning ones) but I bought and read them all - even Graphics Standards. It's certainly a few thousand pages of reading - a lot - but it's the only way I could really get comfortable and confident with the material.
- ARE 5.0 Handbook, PPI
- ARE 4.0 Kaplan on Programming, Planning and Practice
- Black Spectacles assets, videos, tests
- Brightwood tests
- Design Hacks tests
- https://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/sfgeo/liquefaction/factors.html • https://precast.org/2014/03/damp-proofing-vs-waterproofing-part-1/
- Building Codes Illustrated/IBC 2015 - chapters 1-7 and 10, focusing on 3, 5, and 10
- International Building Code 2015
- ADA 2010
- Historical Preservation - Secretary of State (Interior) Treatments for Historical Buildings
- https://www.dropbox.com/s/sst1l4n13fvxjq8/Preservation_Rehabilitation_Restoration__Recons truction_Comparison.pdf?dl=0
- Common Types Historical Antecedents
- Problem Seeking: An Architectural Programming Primer by Will Pena
- Site Planning and Design Handbook by Thomas Russ
- Hidden Dimensions by Ed Hall
- Urban Land Institute - neighborhood / community/ regional centers
- The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch
- Sun, Wind, Light - focus on active/passive heating cooling techniques for different climatic conditions
- Architect's Studio Companion
- Graphics Standards
- Planning and Urban Design Standards by Steiner and Butler
- Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Ching
- Personal Space by Rob Sommer
- Space Planning Basics by Mark Karlen
- Site Engineering for Landscape Architects by Kurt Nathan
- Mechanical & Electrical Equipment for Buildings by Stein & Reynolds
I also have a 35 page PDF of my study notes culled from the references about and organized by PPI categories. I'd be happy to share that PDF with people. If you want a copy, let me know through this forum and I'll email you a copy. I'd attach them here but there doesn't seem to be a way to do that.
Cheers and good luck to all.
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