Monday, February 27, 2012

California Supplemental Exam

This past Thursday, I took the California Supplemental Exam or CSE. This is the "extra" exam that one must pass in order to serve as an architect in California. This exam featured 38 questions focuses on a specific scenario followed by 87 general questions. The candidate has approx 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

The project scenario was definitely the tougher of the two scenarios - primarily because of time. While I can't discuss the details, I can say that I was surprised by the complexity of the scenario. The exam threw plenty of items at me that I had so simultaneously hold in my mind.

The general section was pretty easy with plenty of time. I had enough time to answer questions, go back and answer about 6 questions that I skipped, review 25 questions that I "marked" and finally review all questions one more time. Considering my current role as a waterproofing designer,  I felt that it was a good sign when my first general question was on waterproofing.

This test is also unique in the fact that it is not administered by Prometric. Instead, PSI handles this test. I will not go into detail, but I can easily say that PSI is nowhere near as professional as the folks at Prometric.

I find out in approx 28 days. I hope to soon be writing as a CA licensed Architect!