Passed all 6 exams using the Amber Book

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    Hoda Jafarian

    Wow. congrats. 

    I can't believe what you did. That's amazing. I am going to have my first exam CE in 3 weeks. 

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

     

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    Ivan Huber

    Thanks Hoda!  I'm exhausted!  But feels great to have the exams behind me.

    Good luck on CE.  As you probably know, there are a number of building systems and code questions on that one.  You've got this!

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    Sally

    Congrats on passing all six exams!! 

    I just tried PA as my first exam and failed. It was my third try so very hopeless but as I heard good things about Amber book, I am trying to re-strategize my study plan with Amber book for all the upcoming exams. Did you also look at the physical copy of the Amber book? How did you plan the 8 weeks to complete the courses? Did you take notes while taking courses or just listened?  I am hoping to pass the exams with Amber book courses, BS tests, and Ballast... (These three are the resources I have) Your advice would be very appreciated!

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    Ivan Huber

    Thanks Sally. The Amber Book includes a study schedule that I followed.  I took screen shots and notes as I went along so I could review the content later.  I re-watched the videos when I had trouble with a concept.  I used the physical Amber Book as a practice exam after I had completed the course.  However, all of the questions in the book are also in the videos so I would not consider it an additional source.  Keep chipping away at it and good luck!

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    Luisa Bustamante

    Ivan Huber first of all what an inspiration! ALL the exams in 10 weeks?! back to back?! BIG Congrats. Do you think it helped to focus on just taking them back to back as opposed to spending a month on each? Maybe the momentum is better than creating a build up for each...? Did you work or just focus on the exams? Also did you use Ballast at all then? 

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    Ivan Huber

    Thanks Luisa.  Yes, take them back-to-back if you can stomach the risk!  There is so much overlap in material across the six exams that I firmly believe this is the best approach.  At the very least, I would take PDD and PPD back-to-back and I would do the same for PcM and PjM.  I worked full-time (though my office has scaled back to 32 hours/week during the Covid recession) while studying 20 hours per week for the first 6 weeks and about 30 hours per week for weeks 7 and 8.  I only used the Amber Book, AIA contracts, and a few Black Spectacles practice exams (I did not use Ballast).  Good luck to you!

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    Luisa Bustamante

    Ivan Huber wow good for you! ok yes I was thinking to do PA first then PDD and PPD back to back. How many weeks/days did you dedicate to each particular exam then? or did you just study everything at once? thanks for the info Ivan

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    Ivan Huber

    I followed the AB study schedule.  They break the course into four segments - systems, construction, site, and pro practice - and you study for all divisions at the same time.

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