I “likely pass” PA today. This was my fourth exam (after PcM, PjM & CE), and I pass all exams on the first try. I think this exam was fun this study, and the test was not as bad as I expected it. I knew the time for this exam was very limited, so I went through the questions very fast. My goal was to finish the multi-choice questions in 1 hour and a half. Luckily I do read really fast, which helps a lot. Another trick to speed things up: I highly recommend using the search tool for the case study documents. I didn’t read the documents, I was only looking for what I was looking for. The main subjects I encountered during the test: site orientation, gross/net ratio, historic buildings, type of soils, boring tests, occupancy, number of occupants.
What I studied:
- Ballast : Main study material
- Problem Seeking: only Part One : Good introduction to the programming concepts
- Site Planning: Appendix A, chapters 3, 7, 9 (only p. 332 to 347): Helpful to know more about site analysis, brownfields remediation, type of soil
- Building Code Illustrated, chapters 3, 5, 6 & 10: Really helpful to review code
- 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design: I made myself a “cheat sheet” for studying, which also has been really helpful at work. I didn’t get any ADA related questions, but I read on the forum that the exam usually has many questions regarding ADA
The following posts were useful:
I also looked online for more information about subjects I was struggling with/wanted more info:
Know what are the best practices for historic buildings:
I highly recommend you familiarize yourself with boring tests. I found examples of boring tests online, and familiarize myself with them.
- Ballast: section 21-3
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