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    AICP study materials??

    As I await to see if I am approved to take the AICP exam I would like to start compiling the necessary study materials. What are the best study materials for the AICP exam? Hopefully I have most in my personal library from grad school. Also which, if any, of the specific AICP study guides are worth the cost?.

    http://myapa.planning.org/APAStore/S...lt.aspx?p=3499

    http://www.planningprep.com/

    http://www.flashcardsecrets.com/aicp/

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    Quote Originally posted by gregdogg62 View post
    As I await to see if I am approved to take the AICP exam I would like to start compiling the necessary study materials. What are the best study materials for the AICP exam? Hopefully I have most in my personal library from grad school. Also which, if any, of the specific AICP study guides are worth the cost?.

    http://myapa.planning.org/APAStore/S...lt.aspx?p=3499

    http://www.planningprep.com/

    http://www.flashcardsecrets.com/aicp/

    Thanks

    IMO.. none. They are crap. Go with study material from Mike Waiczis. Email him at mrw36@cvip.net. Well worth the $150.
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    Planningprep, Waiczis, AICP Exam Prep: all of these have to be used in tandem, since not all of them cover EVERY topic.

    Read the following texts cover to cover at least once;
    Practice of Local Government Planning
    Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners

    Memorize word for word:
    AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and understand all AICP Advisory Rulings

    Be familiar with all of the APA Policy Guides:
    http://www.planning.org/policy/guides/

    Winflash (for making digital flash cards): I wrote 1,000-1,200 digital flash cards to prepare for the exam. Sorry, but I'm not sharing these.

    I was searching through some of your previous posts. You are planning on taking the exam this May, correct? Has AICP already approved your application? Some of your work experience looks like non-planning, and AICP is very strict about professional experience criteria. Personally, I would wait until I heard back from AICP on your application before investing time and money into the exam.

    Hope this helps-
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    Before I took the exam, I was fortunate enough to be in the Golden State and we took a UC Extension course to prepare for the exam (4 classes?). The three of us in the office formed a study group where we collected information from every imaginable source and shared our products. Needless to say, we all passed.

    My study materials are in a landfill in northern Idaho or I'd share them.
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    Quote Originally posted by nrschmid View post
    Practice of Local Government Planning
    AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and understand all AICP Advisory Rulings
    Always -
    1 - The BOOK
    2 - available on line.
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    Planningprep is no good for information, but does get you accustomed to taking a test (although the question types are generally not a good representation). I don't think it's worth the money.

    AICP Study Manual and CD - the study manual is good in my opinion and the CD's not necessary (although the CD has three pretty decent tests). The book is a bunch of bullets, so it's not a one stop shop; rather a good test to see what you need to study up more on. I thought it (the book) was worth the money, but I've heard a lot of people say they didn't like it.

    Planetizen Course - pretty good material, helps you organize you study process, and has pretty good practice tests. Also has videos that allows you to stop reading, which is a really nice break sometimes. Worth the money.

    CPC Study Manual - mediocre and cheap. Not bad, not great.

    One of the best resources you can use are state APA chapter web pages. I found Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Florida to be the best, but look through them all.

    Michael Waiczis materials - did not use.

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    Somewhere in the past I found a link that a user here had posted with all of their saved lectures and notes. Have no idea where that is now though...
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