Required Reference Materials for CA Seismic Exam

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The BPELSG site lists the following references for the Seismic exam:
  1. 2019 CBC, Volume 2
  2. ASCE 7-16
  3. SDPWS-2015
  4. TMS 402/602-16
  5. ATC-20
  6. ATC-20-1 Field Manual
  7. Design of Wood Structures ASD/LRFD; 7th Edition, 2014; Breyer, Fidley, Cobeen
What references do I actually need to bring into the exam? I have copies of ASCE 7-16 and SDPWS-2015. I'll also be getting the AEI course textbook (Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings) and AEI course practice exam book. Should I obtain copies of any of the other references or am I well covered with the ones I have.

I'm thinking I should print out some sections of the 2019 CBC as well. Will I really just need chapters 16 and 17 or will the rest of the chapters possibly come in handy?

Thanks for any input you may have!
I have an unused Hiner workbook (includes all code references) for the CA Seismic Principles Exam, and an unused set of three practice tests from AEI. These two resources are more than sufficient to pass the CA Seismic Principles Exam. Message me if you'd like to purchase these.