After failing the test last December, I took some time off to work and reflect on what I was going to do next. Failing a second time would have been pretty devastating.
I viewed as much free stuff on you tube as possible. I took that $39 practice tests from designer hacks and kept reading the architects handbook (back half of the book please! start with delivery methods and end with project manangement) ballast study guide and flash cards. Right before the exam i signed up for black spectacles and took their practice exams and viewed the videos based on what parts of the test i wasn't doing well on.
Also I listened to the contract lectures on schiff hardin which are truly fasinating.
I would say you need to know the contracts the most! A101, B101, A201, C401. Dont expect them to be in the case studies but be grateful if they are. Know what happens when someone screws up on the project according to the contracts.
Know what you are responsible for in the contracts, what your services are and your add services. Also know the same for your consultants, owner and contractor. Know the time limits stipulated in the contract (typically 7 calendar days) and how things come undone during contract termination and the various ways the project can end prematurely (90 days is a common time frame here.) READ THE CONTRACTS AND LISTEN TO THE SCHIFF LECTURES.
After this, know the bar/ghantt charts, milestone chart and critical path charts. Know what it means to have critical items on the calendar and how changes in time effect your schedule. Also know how to use the calculator provided on the test and conversions for feet to yard.
Dont be surprised by a few tough questions. Just take your best shot, cross out the answers you know are wrong and mark it for review later. you get 2 mins per questions so get the easy one and by knowing the contracts! This will make up a ton of time for you to review other questions later. BEST OF LUCK!
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