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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 July 2020.

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How can you pass the Environmental Planning Board exam?

I echo other people’s views.

You cannot be perfectly ready for the Environmental Planning Board exam.

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Passers of the Environmental Planning Board Exam

Sure, you can enroll in review courses or opt to self-review.

But the broad coverage of the exam is something to keep in mind.

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 taking the exam with mock exams.

There is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory.


The Environmental Planning Board Exam is a three-part multiple choice exam that covers 3 broad subject areas.

Although you cannot perfectly prepare for it, having exam-taking strategies will help calm you down and work around not knowing everything.

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.

Read: My physical and emotional experience of taking the Environmental Planning Board exam.

One way to ease your anxiety is to practice taking the exam.

When you try mock exams, you train yourself in knowledge as well as method.

You can see some strategies for answering multiple choice questions, like those in the Environmental Planning Board Exam, at the end of the article.

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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.

My #1 Characteristic of a Successful Self-reviewer is faith!

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

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 

Various References for Filipino Environmental Planners

I have compiled lists and links to resources for urban planning.

The websites of national agencies related to Filipino urban planning are also good starting points.

Urban planning videos on Youtube can also help visual learners.

EnP Jean Palma’s blog

This is the motherload of EnP exam resources!

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Here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Environmental Planning in the Philippines!

Prof. Ernesto Serote’s books and manuals.

EnP Jean dubs these as the “planning Bibles.” I have included these in my resources for increasing urban planning knowledge!

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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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.

There are also lectures on Slideshare about urban planning models and principles.

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Copies of Practice Exams

I was able to get copies of 2014 and 2015 practice exams from different review sessions, thanks to my friends and colleagues!

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

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

Use this printable multiple choice sheet for your practice exam sessions!

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.

Multiple choice questions can be hacked using elimination strategies.

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

How to eliminate bad answer choices with multiple choice guessing

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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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