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January 21, 2009


As you may recall, my second attempt at the CSE (orals) is coming up and I’ve been studying like a mad man. I’ve compiled various study notes from numerous places and combined that with some very useful flash cards. Overall, I’m feeling even more prepared than last time. I even shelled out $40 for a hotel room just to make it easier to arrive on time. One of the things I did to help me study was transfer the study notes to a website so I could check it whenever and wherever I was. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as practical for me as I hoped. I’d much rather stick to the actual flash cards and read the practice questions on paper than on screen. But that’s not the end of it. While this endeavor wasn’t as helpful to me, it doesn’t make the information any less valid.

That’s why I’m planning to keep Sharkitecture.NET up and running. A lot of the study material that’s out there is either too expensive or too worthless to help anyone, but my new site is free and has been vetted for usefulness. I plan to add more as it becomes available or update information for clarity and accuracy and then venture into architectural related news. In the mean time, feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. And yes, the site layout may seem a little familiar, but that will likely change after my exam.

The California Architects Board (CAB) regulates the practice of architecture in California. In order to obtain a license to practice architecture in California, a candidate must pass not only the national examination but also the California Supplemental Examination (CSE), which is an oral examination. The CSE assesses minimally competent architectural knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for practice specifically in California.

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  • At 8:11 pm on January 21, 2009, Sirdar commented:

    CSE? I see by the sharkitecture site that you must be an architect, but I am not familiar with CSE in that context. Good luck on the upcoming exams.

  • At 7:05 am on January 22, 2009, archshrk commented:

    The California Supplemental Exam (CSE) is the final step in becoming a licensed architect in California. After taking nine (9) different written exams, I must sit in front of (3) commissioners and successfully answer about 30 questions orally.

  • At 7:16 am on January 22, 2009, DinkyInky commented:

    I am out here in More than Corn-land cheering for you…go ahead and picture me with pom-poms…I bet the laugh will do wonders.

  • At 7:43 am on January 22, 2009, archshrk commented:

    Sorry, I just can’t seem to picture that. Please send photo :D

  • At 8:39 am on January 22, 2009, Ani commented:

    May the force be with you Luke. Great resource you posted. Thank you.

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