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Episode 54: How I Passed the CSE On My First Try! [Podcast]

Passing the California Supplemental Exam is an accomplishment in and of itself. But passing it on your first attempt is even more difficult, and some will argue, more rewarding (although my goal is to help you pass, no matter how long it takes).

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Podcast Episode 054.

I am pleased to bring you a very special interview with Jody, a candidate who recently passed the Exam on her first try and we discuss her strategies and test taking tips. This is one of the most important podcasts I have recorded to date. This is a MUST listen to episode.

  • Strategies that Jody implemented;
    • Began with the end in mind, i.e. she picked out her test date 3 months prior to preparing for the Exam and she stuck to it
    • Purchased the Ultimate Whole Enchilada so she had everything she needed
    • Allowed herself 3 months of study time
    • Spent two months going through all of the material twice including audio companion and flashcards
    • Spent the final month mainly on Omces eventually scoring 98-99% prior to taking the actual Exam
  • Struggles that Jody overcame;
    • Busy work schedule
    • Located out of state, unfamiliar with California’s codes, laws, and regulations
    • Did not have disciplined study habits for the AREs
    • Is not an audio person, but gave the audio companion a try and really benefited from listening to the material to help reinforce concepts she was reading and thinking about
    • Struggling with Omces in the beginning as it took a couple of weeks of working with Omces to get her scores up to where she wanted them to be

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3 comments… add one
Heather September 19, 2012, 3:37 pm

This is such a great podcast! I completely agree with lots of what Jody says…especially how suprised I was that I used the audio guide and podcasts. I def fell into that category of thinking that I am not an audio learner, so I prob wouldn’t use the audio guide – but in the end, I found the audio guide and podcasts REALLY helpful. I also agree with how she says that it seems like EVERY state should have this type of exam. For sure, this is way more useful knowledge than any of the ARE content!

David September 21, 2012, 4:13 pm

Thanks for checking out the podcast Heather! Yes, lots of great tips here and the audio is the secret weapon in this process. I’ve had many “non-audio” candidates use the audio and quickly sing its praises. I love it!

thanks, david

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