CSE FAQ

CSE Study Guide FAQ

1. What topics are included on the CSE?

The California Supplemental Exam for landscape architects has many topics about practicing landscape architecture in California. there are many questions on water conservation, professional practice, unique regulations and environmental laws, accessible design, and irrigation. Here is a recent list of topics that landscape architect candidates report were on the test.

2. What is the best way to prepare for the CSE?

The best way to prepare for the exam is to study the topics, laws, and regulations that will likely be covered on the exam. I suggest reading some of the suggested books, knowing your California native plants, and reading applicable laws and regulations that pertain to landscape architects. You may also consider purchasing a study guide.

3. What does it cost to take the CSE?

The CSE is not cheap. LATC charges $310.00 for the exam. It behoves you to prepare well for the test so you pass on the first attempt. The Pass the California Supplemental Exam study guide is an economical solution to help you prepare for the CSE.

4. What is the passing rate for the California Supplemental Exam for landscape architects?

The Landscape Architect Technical Committee does not publish passing rates for the CSE. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the passing rate is about 50% or maybe higher. Improve you chances of passing the first time by studying for at least one month prior to the exam.

5. What is the cost of failing the CSE?

If you have to take the CSE a second time to complete the license requirements, you will have spent $620 (2x CSE exam fee) in addition to lost work time, transportation costs, ect. It makes financial sense to spend a little cash up front to prepare for the exam than waste money taking the CSE twice. Plus, passing the first time is a great way to prove how serious you are about landscape architecture. Employers respect employees who are committed to getting licensed. Do you self a favor and buy a study guide, study hard, pass the exam the fist time, and get licensed.

6. What is Pass the California Supplemental Exam for Landscape Architects?

Pass the California Supplemental Exam for Landscape Architects is the only unofficial study guide for the CSE. It is available as a downloadable PDF file here (insert link).

7. Is Pass the California Supplemental Exam for Landscape Architects different from the blog?

Yes. Some of the content in the study guide started as articles on this blog. However, the articles have been collected, organized, and rewritten to be easily understandable. Why spend hours combing through blog posts when you can download Pass the California Supplemental Exam for Landscape Architects?

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Do You Want to Pass the CSE?

You are in the right place. Learn what you need to pass the California Supplemental Exam for landscape architects the first time. This site is dedicated to aspiring landscape architects who want to get a California landscape architect license. I'll share my research for the CSE as I prepare for the exam.

Feel free to submit a question and I'll do my best to answer it here.

Good luck,
John

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