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Tips and Resources for Passing the Environmental Planning Board Exam (Updated!)

I share tips and resources to help you in preparing for the Environmental Planning Board exam.

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The post was updated on April 2020.

I echo other people’s views: you cannot be perfectly ready for the Environmental Planning Board exam.

However, it may be more difficult for takers of the 2020 Environmental Planning Board exam. 

You are required to hold at least a Diploma degree in Planning, so exam questions may be harder.

If you are planning to take the Environmental Planning Board exam, I recommend that you remember these tips!

Basic Preparation for the Environmental Planning Board Exam

Train yourself in exam-taking strategies.

Multiple choice questions can be hacked using elimination strategies.

You may be tempted to guess your way out of the exam early, and may also be overwhelmed by the barrage of items unknown to you.

Having exam-taking strategies will help calm you down and work around not knowing everything.

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Use concept maps and diagrams in reviewing.

I did not have a big whiteboard or manila paper of lists in my walls. I had the CLUP Process cycle – diagrams like this will trigger your thinking at sight.

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Always be ready to take notes. Also, find time to organize and see the big picture of the local planning process.

Read and read and read.

Developing reading comprehension is key for the board exam, especially with layered multiple-choice questions.

Land use planning is a concern for every citizen, so even after the exam, the things you learn are essential as general knowledge.

Pray and believe.

Simple yet powerful, prayer reduces doubt. God has given us the opportunity to seek His help anytime!

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Key Resources for Environmental Planning Board Exam Review 

EnP Jean Palma’s blog

This is the motherload of EnP exam resources!

If Thanos hunted for environmental planning knowledge instead of infinity stones, EnP Jean’s blog will be Wakanda.

Copies of Practice Exams

I was able to get copies of 2014 and 2015 practice exams from different review sessions.

I used the practice exams, not as knowledge builder, but as method training.

The last multiple-choice exam I took was in college, so I needed to train myself in answering these types of questions again.

Slides of SURP lectures.

Friends who finished SURP subjects also gave me copies of slides from their courses (Thank you!)

I took two basic courses in SURP during my masteral studies, so having the slides to these courses in my backup files proved helpful.

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Prof. Ernesto Serote’s books and manuals.

EnP Jean dubs these as the “planning Bibles.”

Spending time reading these books and manuals are not only for exam purposes.

These manuals reveal the intricacies and complexities of local government structure and planning.

Even seasoned environmental planners must have these references in their libraries!

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Strategies on taking multiple-choice exams.

Board exams cover broad subject areas.

This is because board exams measure a person’s qualification for knowing the profession, not being an expert.

As such, you may be disappointed that topics seem show up at random.

Training yourself to eliminate choices from multiple choice questions is essential to increase your opportunity of passing the exam.

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Successful self-review increases your ability to pass the exam!

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Taking the Environmental Planning Board Exam was a milestone for an early career person like me.

I was blessed to pass the exam, but even if I did not, the experience would have been worth the time.

I hope you pass the exam!

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