Studying for the California Supplemental Exam (CSE)

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    boris shirvanian

    Hi Emily: Congratulations on your passing of the ARE. 

    Although you will be officially called an architect in any of 49 states, obviously each has their own requirements of paperwork, regardless you have reached your destination, however, California is quite singular in this approach, as you may have found out that for yourself.

    Welcome to CSE path.

    There are many facets to this exam. 

    Let me know how I can be of any help for your prep for the CSE.   

    boris

     

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    Lilia Grigoryan

    Hi Boris,

    Are you done with CSE or still studying?

    I am also done with ARE and studying for CSE, planning to take in next two months. Any advise.

    Thank you for help,

    Lilia

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    boris shirvanian

    Hi Lilia and Emily: I took the exam about two weeks ago, and I was unable to pass it.

    Apparently, the first section of the exam; Project Scenario binder which is provided at the exam center did not display the correct information with questions asked on the screen.  I had to look for it and some valuable time was lost due to this error.  Anyhow, by the time the administrator and I looked through the booklet, there were three project scenarios and mine was at the end of the booklet.  That caused me a huge setback.  Basically, it is suppose to have (2) scenarios not 3.

    My advice, try to spend a minute for each question, obviously you will have some leftover for quick review.  

    I have couple of books for the exam and each addresses the exam quite differently with lots of information.

    I will be more than happy to discuss about the exam and study material.

    thanks

    boris

    818 679 0786

     

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    Gang Chen

    A key to pass CSE is to remember that you just need to know where to find the information and how to come up with the solution. You do not need to memorize many items, and you need to know the limit of the architect’s scope and expertise.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C 

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    Lilia Grigoryan

    Thank you Boris and Gang!

    Gang do you have new materials or book on CSE?

    Your book on Amazon dated 2014 but CA website for CSE references updated 2017. Please advise.

    Lilia

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    Updating my CSE book is on my to do list, but the basic materials for CSE stays pretty much the same over the years. I still get many feedbacks from people thanking me for my CSE book helping them pass the latest version of CSE.

    My plan is to do one mock exam book and one guidebook for each of the ARE 5.0 division. I am done with the mock exam books for all divisions and guidebooks for 4 divisions, and I am working on the guidebooks for  PPD and PDD, once I am done with them, I’ll be updating my CSE book.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Jiacheng Li

    Hi Emily,

    I'm a recent grad and I am taking my CSE soon. I've started studying and would love to hear your experience. It's been pretty difficult finding good resources. Please shoot me a message 3472055800 www.linkedin.com/in/jc-li-016758122

    JC 

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    Sanaz Amindeldar

    Hi all, 

    Is anyone currently studying for CSE? I am looking for a study group and would appreciate it if you could let me know about such a group. Please email me if you are interested to study together 

    deldar.snz@gmail.com

    Thanks,

    Sanaz 

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    Heather Tipton (Edited )

    Hi! I am as well!! Would love to form a study group! My email is:

    tiptonhl@g.ucla.edu

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    Mehran Shahverdi

    Hello all,
    I took the CAE exam today and I failed for 2nd times.
    I would be happy to share my experiences/study materials and do study group in LA or West Valley.
    Mehran

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    John Bellisario (Edited )

    Hi Mehran- Sorry for the bad news. If you are up to it, I would love to hear about your experience, as I prepare to take my exam. Thank you!

    John@studioprimeinc.com

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