Architect Exam Prep: David and Eric

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    Samuel Angel

    I really like how the audio is basically them reading the book itself. This allows me to study while at work, listen while traveling, and when I see the information visually I already have some commentary on the matter from the audio companion.

    I'm only studying for PcM at the moment (first test, excited!) but there is a lot of information provided and I feel well guided so far.

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    Derek Mason

    I bought their Whole Enchilada about 2 years ago as v5.0 was rolling out because I knew I would need them. I took the v4.0 CDS and then transitioned over to v5.0.  

    What I REALLY did not like about the AEP packets was that it seemed to be painfully obvious that they cut and past from themselves in a rush to get it out. I got their v4.0 CDS and thought it was all I needed. I thought it was great to have an online test to study. It was a complete pain in the a$$ to log in twice with a separate pin just to use it. I now know of others that don't do this and are far more helpful (DesignerHacks & WeARE). Plus, their PDFs are password protected, so every time I open my tablet to study, I have to dig up the password and put it in. 

    When I used their PA, that was when I noticed the cut and pasting/ copying. And some redundant paragraphs too. I made the mistake of using them as a sole source (plus some personal issues in my life at the time) and ended up failing. Not once, but twice. I stopped using them, but only to skim over since I bought them. 

    I have switched to the source materials and suggestions that people have given on this forum. Thanks everyone. I am almost done...

    I never got their PjM packet even when I paid for it, so I cannot comment about that. I used AHPP and the Hardin lectures for that one. I dropped their PcM packet from my study schedule and mostly looked at AHPP for it. 

    To end on a good note. It is structured the way the exam division is, with the content areas and the break down of those. I really have no idea if they improved it or not. I really do hope so, because their organization of the material is great. Also, the break out and handling of the Case Study I thought was crap. Others do a better job, like Hyperfine.

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    Alexandra David (Edited )

    I used AEP for PPD only.

    The audiobook is super convenient, especially with my 90 daily commute. But the content is way too broad. Do not use it as your only resource. But if you very unfamiliar with the topic of the exam, it's a good overview before you dive into other resources. Sometimes jumping straight into Ballast or MEEB can be too technical, so it's hard to follow how the different topics connect. AEP helps connecting separate topics and defining unfamiliar terms.

    I choose not to buy PDD because AEP didn't teach me anything new, so it wasn't helpful for my needs. If I personally struggled with big concepts, it would have been more helpful. 

    edit: I will use CSE Prep by Doucet for the California Supplemental Exam. It's highly reviewed for CSE.

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    Allison Hora

    I would echo with what everyone has said above. Definitely noticed some copy and pasting, typos, etc. Personally, I have found that Hyperfine and Amberbook do a much more thoughtful and thorough job. Good for a brush up/overview but definitely will not help you get to the finish line if this is your only source of study material. I am taking PPD for the second time on Monday and I didn't even glance at my AEP material this time around. Stuck with Amber Book, Hyperfine, ASC, and AGS.

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