I just passed my P&A exam last Friday. This community helped me a lot so I wanna write something here and hope it would be helpful. English is my second language and I am a slow reader, I took around 4 months to prepare this exam, but I think if you are a native English speaker, you would need much less time to pass : )
_Ballast ( I think it is perfect to start so you will get an idea what is covered in the test)
_Brightwood (there are some overlap with Ballast but some concepts are explained more in detail and it does cover a lot important stuff than Ballast does)
_Site Planning and Design (it almost covers everything you need to know about soil and especially brownfield and runoff control)
_Problem Seeking (it is a book that is very easy to read, but I think the only important thing to know here is the five steps and the four aspects)
_pppnotes_jenny (I would recommend read this note a few days before the test to help remember)
_pppnotes by Caroline Joseph (same here, I read this a few days before my test. This one covers more than the Jenny's notes)
_Ballsat Practice Exams (I found those very helpful to find out what you already know and what you don't)
_Black Spectacles (I bought this about 1 month before my test and I bought the premium version instead of the pro one, I found this version is pretty enough for preparation and there is a discount code online if you watched their YouTube video. I did not finish watching all the videos but I found their practice exams very helpful. I recommend take them all and focus on those what you don't know very well. I got an average 60% correct answers_
_DesignerHacks ( I found this goes along with the details in Ballast very well, I recommend you practice them until get an average of 90+% correct)
_Architect Exam Prep ( Follow the MP3 with the study guide, I found the study guide is not well covered but the OMCES helped me to further remember those concepts)
_Building Code Illustrated (I bought the 2018 version and focused on Chapter 3, 5, and 10, I would recommend to know all the occupancy groups and the definition of means of egress)
_All the old ARE4.0 study guides and practice exams
_ Make sure you know how to apply the building efficiency numbers
_ Know well about historic building preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction, their standards and differences
_Brownfield, the remediation methods and their differences
_Soils, the different characteristics and the relationship with water
_Know how to assign programs to the according spaces, eg. what and what should be separated or what and what need to be close to each other etc.
_Know how to apply the building codes related with occupancy group and building height & areas etc.
Final suggestions: I think I did very badly on the Case Study, but I would suggest focus on what you know first, especially on the multiple choices. I only had around 10 minutes left when I finished all my questions, so be careful about the time limit.
I am moving on PPD next and I wish you all a good luck!
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