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DAY 1:

Part 1: 8am-1pm
Subject: History, Theory, Professional Practice
There are 34 situations/statements, with an average of 3-4 questions per situation, 102 questions all in all.

Part 2: 2pm-7pm
Subject: Building Tech & Materials, Construction, Structural Conceptualization
Situations/statements is given to test the knowledge in different topics that deals with the subject, with
an average of 4-5 questions per situation, 150 questions all in all.

DAY 2:
Subject: Architectural Design, Site planning
There are 5 situations, 30 questions per situation, and a total of 150 questions.


Statement/Situation: Barasoain Church is where the first Philippine Congress was held. (With given figure)

Questions: What is the Architectural Style of the Church’s pediment?

What element of the façade has the Romanesque style?
What is the architectural style of the pilaster in the facade?
a. Anglo-Saxon
b. Romanesque
c. Baroque

Statement/Situation: Given the figure of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Royal Staircase at Vatican City.

Questions: What is the style of its ceiling?

a. Barrel-vaulted

What type of order was used?

a. Doric
b. Corinthian
c. Ionic
d. Composite

Statement/Situation: Pyramid of Egypt

Questions: From what materials are the pyramids made of?

a. Stones
b. Sand
c. Clay
d. Bricks

What did the Ancient Egyptians used in lifting the materials of the pyramid?
a. Axe and Wooden Wheels
b. Lever
c. Wedge

What is the similarity of the Pyramid of Egypt to Banaue Rice Terraces?

Question about Gothic Architecture.
What is the purpose of Flying buttress in Gothic Architecture?
Question about Industrial Revolution.
Question about Faux arts.

What is the definition of cult? (Plan, who built? For what?)

What is the definition of mortuary? (Plan, who built? For what?)

Question about Muslim Architecture.

Questions: Where does Muslim Architecture originate?
a. Early Christian

What is the most dominant feature of Muslim Architecture?


What design element of Mosque summons the Muslim for worship?

a. Minaret
b. Qibla
c. Mimbar

Which became the first industrialized area in Manila?

During 1900’s why does the laborers and workers didn’t build their house inside manila?
a. Because of manila zoning
b. Because of local ordinance
c. Because it’s expensive to live there.

Questions: About 2d, isometric, dimetric, trimetric & oblique drawings. (D.K. Ching definition)

What is used in floor plans and spot details?

c. Isometric

Questions about Comprehensive land use planning, Strategic planning, Setting the vision, Stakeholder organize

Statement/Situation: Given the lot size and required setbacks (lot size 14x32 setback @rear and side 2, front=4.5)

Questions: Compute for the AMBF using the required setbacks.

Compute for the Percentage of Site Occupancy (PSO).
Compute the Total Lot Area (TLA).

Who is responsible for the overall Project Field supervision?

If the building permit is still in process and the owner wants to proceed in construction, which type of activity or
step can be first executed? Application of Excavation permit?

Questions about the scope of pre-design services: site selection/analysis, brochure making

Situation: Given the plan and elevation of a Condo Unit:

Questions: By direct counting, estimate the number of Gypsum Board to be used in ceiling.
Estimate how many gallons of virtuoso paint are needed for concrete walls.

Estimate the number of wood planks to be used in flooring.
*Given the floor area & the size of wood planks: 12mm. x 125mm. x 1220mm.

Situation: To test the knowledge about Glass.

Thermoplastic, float glass, polycarbonate sheet, insulating glass, tempered glass, glass blocks
What new technology is applied to glass that is environment friendly?
a. Solar tint
Which type of Glass has a clear view from the outside after dark?
a. Reflective Glass
b. Tinted Glass

Situation: To test the knowledge about Waterproofing.

Which type of waterproofing is used for Roof deck?

Which type of waterproofing is used for Outdoor spaces?
Which type of waterproofing is used in an enclosed area with many users? Non-flammable, UV resistant
Where to apply waterproofing?
a. flooring only
b. wall joints only
c. flooring extending to walls

Situation: To test the knowledge about Connections

Which is not used for the connection of wood to wood?

Which is not used for the connection of wood to steel?
Which is not used for the connection of steel to steel?
Which is not used for the connection of concrete to wood?
Which is not used for the connection of concrete to steel?
Choices: Gang nail, Liquid nail, Rivet, Bolt
Use of anchor bolt?

Situation: To test the knowledge about Footing (with given details of 5 types of footing)

Which type of footing is used for stairs?

Which type of footing is used for interior partition?
Which type of footing is used for T&B?
Which type of footing is used for exterior partition?
Which type of footing is used for firewall?

Given the foundation Plan & Details, Estimate the ff:

Compute the volume of footing at grid c-3.

Compute the volume of excavation at grid c-3.
Compute the volume of column at grid c-3.

Situation: To test the knowledge about the types of roofing.

Choices: glazed tiles,clear polycarbonate, thermoplastic, asphalt shingles, corrugated G.I. , Long span

Which type of roofing is used in ancestral house or bahay na bato?

Which type of roofing is used in curved pedestrian walkway?
Which type of roofing is used in greenhouse?

Which type of roofing is used in high end resort?
Which type of roofing is used in plant/factory that emits corrosive fumes?
There’s a new building materials that is made from PVC & aluminum, which tries to imitate what
a. Wood
b. Granite
c. Brass

What to do in soil with organic materials?

a. Soil poisoning
b. Compaction

Why should there be moist in slab during curing stage? To set & hardens concrete?

What to do if the excavated works is more than what is needed?

a. Formworks will be used
b. Recompute the design of footing

What is the most economical/convenient way to check vertical alignment?

a. Plumb bob
b. Straight edge

What is the reason when column produced a bulge shape?

a. Too much water
b. Too much gravel
c. Thin formworks

Question about Honeycomb.

Question about Curtain wall: carry its own weight
Question about retaining wall & shear wall.
Question about studs in wall framing.

Which type of wall can be exposed in rain?

b. Retaining wall
c. Drywall

Which is not allowed to be done in shear wall?

a. hang a picture frame
b. put door and window opening

What‘s the cheapest treatment that can be applied to the wall of home entertainment room?
a. Egg crates
b. Manila Paper
c. Sawali
d. Bamboo

Where is granite usually used? Kitchen countertop?

Which type of window is best for rain and sun protection?

a. Sliding
b. Awning
c. Casement

What type of window allows 95% of air? Awning?

Which type of door is used for maximum security?

a. Panel door
b. Flush door
c. Bi-fold door

What kind of door is used in fire exit?

a. Kalamein

What type of lock is used in the doors of condo units? Double lock?

What accessories to put in the door separating the dining and kitchen?
a. Door closer
b. Heavy duty hinge
c. Butt hinge
d. Guide and roller

Question about astragal (in doors).

Which kind of wood cannot be used as balusters? Palochina?

What tool is used for shaping balusters?

a. Torno
b. Circular saw
c. Jigsaw

What should be used in removing large amount of rust in steel?

a. Steel brush
b. Sand paper

Which material is used for welding?

a. Torch acetylene
b. Weld plate
c. Gusset
d. Electrolytes

Flooring material for home theater? Carpet?

What is used to fill-in the gap of the spacing of tiles? Grout

Other than cement, what is used to attach the tiles to walls?

a. Tile adhesive
b. Contact cement

Surface preparation for wood?

a.Shop paint-finish paint,
b.neutralizer & water
c. Oil stain

What is used to for wood stain?

Acrylic latex? Water or Paint thinner

What is the minimum drying time of exterior wall paint?
a. 7days,
b. Overnight
c. 14days
d. 1 month

Why do we apply epoxy primer on steel?

a. To avoid corrosion
b. To become more adhesive to paint

Where does the angle bar usually used?

a. Truss
b. Floor framing
c. Ceiling

Given the isometric figure, identify the: truss, web, purlins, roof, column, sagrod

Which one is to be “eskwalado”?

a. doors and windows
b. dome
c. Arch

Question about Air curtain.

Question about Flutter.
Questions about LAN, Patchpanel, Repeater,PABX & Intercom, Router, Raised flooring system

Where’s the resultant of a uniformly distributed beam?

a. At end support
b. At the center
c. Uniformly distributed

What is the reason if the shape of the beam produced concave?

Question about Creep.

Question about Dead load.
Question about Live load.

Which is an example of live load?

a. Car in a parking lot
b. Furniture
c. Fixed partition

What kind of load is the medicine box in the storage room of a drugstore?
a. Deadload
b. Liveload
c. Concentrated load
d. Uniform load

Wide Flange is mostly used where?

a. Footing
b. Floor framing
c. Column

Which type is mostly used in High rise?
a. H-shape
b. I-beam
c. Wide flange

What is the purpose of concrete cover?

What will happen if the reinforcement s is exposed?

What is ASTM 36?

a.High yield strength,
b.Medium yield strength
c.Light gauge

Electrical: Plan Reading

Count the number of convenience outlet in circuit LP9

Which circuit has a problem?
Which appliance can be used if circuit LP9 had a problem?

Situation: To test the knowledge about lighting.

Which type of lighting has ballast?

Why LED lights are commonly used today?
Question about Incandescent & Metal Halide.
Which type of light cannot be used in Pinlight hole? Cfl, 40w fluorescent light
Why use cfl? Low consumption of energy

Situation: The store is 11x13.5m, 1TR=12-13 square meter

How many units of ACU should be used?

Which is not needed? Ahu, accu, fcu
Where should the location of ACCU be?
a. Outside store
b. Ceiling
c. @ Main Entrance

What would you recommend to a hospital of 3-storey? With or without elevator?

What kind of elevator should be used for 3-storey? Machine room less or traction/hydraulic type

Plumbing: plan reading (plumbing/sanitary layout and isometric diagram is given)

In which direction does the soil pipe is going to?

a. To the Left
b. To the right

Among the choices, which has a watertrap to avoid foul odor from coming in?
a. FD
b. WC
d. All of the above

Where should the downspout be not located?
a. Inside column
B. Between window openings
c. Wall mounted
d. At wall corner

Where should you not locate the water closet?

a. Over beam,
b. Near firewall
c. Beside the kitchen

Who undertakes roughing-ins?

a. Plumber
b. Electrician
c. Sanitary Engineer

Where should the septic tank be located the farthest?

a. Garage
b. Potable water source
c. Main entrance

Which is the most basic human need for health to be considered?

a. Water
b. Waste disposal system
c. Electricity
d. Job

Where water-meter should be placed?

Which pipe cannot be used in waterline?

a. Ceramic pipe
b. G.I. pipe
c. PVC

Where should sump pit be located?

a. Basement

Question about Booster pump (which is not allowed to use)

What is the effect in ventilation with high inlet and high outlet?
Question about Dropped curb- change in elevation (BP 344)
Minimum size of toilet for handicapped- 1.7x1.8 (BP 344)
Question about Slanted nosing (BP 344)
Lavatory considering the users in wheel chair? .8, .7, .77 (BP 344)
What is the minimum door width of an elevator in BP 344? (Question was asked 4x)

Questions like which is not part of GFA

Computation of PSO
Computation of Parking Slots Requirements
Question about Orientations, considering the orientation, where should you place trees?
Question like what is the cross sectional area of the column at 9 floor & ground flr. of the bldg with a span-to-
span distance of 9m that is 15-storey high?

Which type of trees has a medium-size crown, confined roots that can be used as windbreaks and can withstand
strong winds?
a. Palm tree
b. Coconut tree
c. Mahogany
d. Acacia

Given the situation, there are question on what type of character the building must have?
What is “hanging amihan”? Northeast monsoon

Compiled by: Jes + Kit (jun2010) 

Study these:
Otto Wagner
Double action door
Le Corbusier
Min. width of elevator
Elevator shaft
Plan reading: structural, electrical, plumbing
Architects Liability
Column Section for every floor
Liquid nail
Gang nail
Millworks - cornice, chair rail, base board
Wall thickness with plaster
Roofing materials
Location of pipes
Applying waterproofing – horizontal or vertical surface or both?
oil stain
water base paint
kalamein door
definition – isometric, 3D, 2D, perspective
best sound insulation – hollow door, panel door

Compiled by: c0nan (Jun2010)