Passed in Marin

Passed in Marin

Postby sidehiller » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:58 pm

Passed first time- CSE is done and I applied for my license this afternoon!

I studied for 5 weeks for at least 1 to 1-1/2 hours a night during the week (with a few exceptions) and every weekend ALL day. Casually at first and then intensively in the end. Keep in mind I have 10 years in the industry in a small residential firm. Getting the results right after finishing the test was refreshing; I wish NCARB did that with the ARE. Seriously that was the most nerve wracking time I spent... waiting for the results.

Here is the material I reviewed and studied:

1) The Whole Enchilada. What can I say, Mr. Doucette is pretty proud of his product and you'd better be prepared to hear about it over and over. The lectures are boring and dry as he pretty much just reads from his own study guide, but the information and listening to it is invaluable. But the combination of the Study Guide, Audio Companion, the OMCES (sample multiple choice questions) and the Project Scenarios are priceless. Oh, and don't figure on getting the app for your phone without another $40.

2) Archibald Woo study guide and mock exams. I didnt like the way his guide was written or the mock exam questions, but it was an excellent way to mix the two systems and have an insight into what to expect during the exam.

3) Schiff Hardin audio files for the B101 Owner-Architect Agreement and A201- 2017 General Conditions of the Contract (listened to each lecture one time). Great teacher! I will listen to his lectures anytime! ... notes-2015

Good luck all!
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Re: Passed in Marin

Postby markarch » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:23 pm

CONGRATS! And this exactly describes my study plan.. except I have a fraction of your work experience in an office :shock: we'll see how I do in 3 weeks.

Question: did you ever read any of the links provided in the WE guide? I've only glanced at them and downloaded them (CalGreen, FEMA guide to seismic risks, Ventura Wetlands Permitting Guide, etc..) with hopes I can spend an hour on each closer to my test day.

Another question: what were your scores like the last times you took the practice exams for WE and Woo?
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Re: Passed in Marin

Postby sidehiller » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:34 pm

I did not pay much attention to the links in the WE (but that's just me), but it's a good idea to review the things you are rusty on or have no experience with. That said, I am certified as a GreenPoints rater and have a lot of exposure to green building as it is a focus of our firm. And, I think the FEMA info was covered in the SS portion of the ARE 4.0 pretty well, so you could review your notes from it. The Thaddeus lectures were excellent, and SS was my last exam, so I didnt really study seismic past his program. If you listen to the WE audio lectures, the Ventura information was generally covered there as well as other specific information from other counties. Practice exams through the OMCES were all around 80- 85%, not exactly what he recommended for the WE study course, but I ran out of time to do them all a third time. Good luck!
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Re: Passed in Marin

Postby csarate » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:45 pm

Congrats on the pass!

I'm just starting to study for the CSE. If you still have and planning on selling any of your materials, I'm interested!! I'm down in Berkeley.
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