California Supplemental Exam

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    hi there everyone, i was just wondering if anyone had taken the CA Supplemental Exam for the LARE since they’ve revamped it to a multiple choice, computer-based exam? I can’t seem to find any study guides or practice exams, just wanted to know what your thoughts/experiences were. thanks.

    Boyd Coleman

    I’d also like to know other’s thoughts on the new exam. I’m considering taking it and am looking for study material other than what is listed on the LATC website.


    Did you get any information regarding the Califonia supplemental exam?
    i am thinking to take the exam soon, too.

    Kari Kiehnau

    I know this is an old discussion, but did any of you have any luck finding any good study info. for the CA Supplemental. Based on the list of things they give you in the brochure – some of it seems like a joke, and other parts of it not so much. Anyway – if anyone’s taken it or has found a useful study guide and wants to share – that’d be great.


    passed the exam this week.
    make sure you prepare well. the fee is seriously hefty. you do not wanna retake it…

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    US Fish and Wildlife

    CA dept of fish and game

    Plants go to each plant community and read about it. atleast plants in each community.

    Download DSA’s California Access Compliance Reference Manual go to page 463 of the document and review the sections 1-7 and sec. 10



    Coastal commision

    Could be helpful

    Kari Kiehnau

    thanks for the info. and congrat’s on passing the test!


    Thank you so much for all of the great information, i really appreciate it. Congrats on passing the exam!!!


    definitely read through all three multiple choice sections again…

    Soo Wai-Kin

    Thanks Nanda, great list, I can;t seem to get to the flash card link though, can it be made accessible again? thanks.

    Charu Sharma

    Thanks Nanda, I can;t seem to get to the flash card link though, can it be made accessible again? thanks.

    Kimberly True

    Thank you Nanda! Mike, I’m also hoping to take the CA section at the end of the month and have been searching for study materials to no avail, other that Nanda’s post. I agree that the State guide is too vague to offer any meaningful benefit. I have some old multiple choice questions from a UCLA course for the LARE that was thrown in…the questions ask mostly about plant types, what you’d use in what types of hydrozones, firescaping questions, invasive plants, soil knowledge…pretty much in line with Nanda’s guide. I suspect that being familiar with the the California BMP handbook wouldn’t hurt, considering the current focus on water quality.

    If anyone else has taken the CA exam or found an materials, or can give any tips, I’d sure appreciate any help or ideas!

    Angelia Woodside

    Have you shopped the website?

    Kimberly True

    I was only able to find LARE resources on the PPI2pass website. From what I hear, you need to just be fresh on all of the LARE multiple choice stuff, know you plants, water conservation, and bring lots of common sense. I hear that there are things you just can’t study for on the exam; you’ve either experienced it in practice or not. I hear there are questions regarding the agencies, CEQA/CCC/USACE jurisdictions on wetland work, BMP questions…the stuff Nanda posted and what Mike added seems to be good to skim. I’ll know more tomorrow after I take the exam!!!

    Kimberly True

    Took the exam this morning and passed! Everything stated above is good to study, plus know your basic plant pathology (diseases). Good luck everyone!

    Soo Wai-Kin

    Mike,congrats on passing, i plan to take it in the next few months, what were the test subjects that you did not account for? Did all the tips on this discussion thus far covers the rest? Any tips will be helpful, thanks..

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