AICP Exam Prep

Posted by on Mar 25, 2010 in Blog Article | One Comment

It’s that time again…preparing for the AICP exam.  Here are some tips that recent test takers found particularly useful:

  1. Attend your Chapter’s review session, if for no other reason than to get you into “study mode” and to obtain a copy of the Chapter Presidents Council prep CD.
  2. The exam, to some degree, has a point of view.  It is the point of view of APA.  Flip through recent issues of Planning magazine during your commute or on your lunch break to get a flavor for topical information.
  3. Review APA’s recommended reading list.  Collecting these items does not have to break the bank.  You can gather some of these items from the library or from colleagues.
  4. The exam is meant to evaluate a professional planner’s knowledge and does so from a national perspective.
  5. Most of what you need to know comes from experience.  There is a reason that someone right out of school is not eligible to take the exam.  Take confidence in that thought.
  6. On the other hand, there definitely is some required memorization.  No one keeps every important planning date, movement, individual, court case, and acronym on the tip of their brain.  You will have to spend some time reacquainting yourself with the material. Flash cards are extremely helpful for this.
  7. Forming a study group (3-4 people) gives your preparation some structure by meeting on a regular basis and by divvying up the workload.  You can even have a little fun with it.
  8. The membership website PlanningPrep ( offers guidance on the exam, database of practice questions, practice exams, planning related links, and a discussion forum.  The site currently has 1025 practice questions and 7 practice exams.

Good luck!

1 Comment

  1. Shannon Shula
    May 31, 2018

    Have you updated the AICP study material to reflect the new exam? The date stamp of this post is March 25, 2010.
    Thank you!


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