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    Elif Bayram

    Hi Brendan, 

    I think the best starting point for any ARE Exam is to visit NCARB Guidelines. I am sure you did this already but just in case I wanted to mention again. I think the most important things you need to check there is how many questions PJM exam has and how much time you get to solve the exam. So you can work on time-management during your studies. 

    Secondly go through all PJM content areas (Sections) in the Guidelines and read the Objectives carefully. When you are deciding which resource to study, this will help you a lot. Because you can compare the content of the books to these objectives and see if the books are covering them or not. 

    Lastly, go to the reference matrix at the end and find the important books for PJM. If there is little white star next to a reference/book, it means NCARB question writers referenced those books the most while preparing the questions. AHPP is one of those books and it is, in my opinion, a must for PJM, PCM and CE exams. There are some Wiley charts (recommended chapters for PJM, PCM and CE exams) that are circulating in this group but I would recommend reading the entire book, especially if you are studying these exams together and if you are foreign educated or non-native English speakers.

    For PJM, you need to also have a great understanding of AIA Contract documents. The Reference Matrix specifically highlights the contracts you need to study. So find them and download (free sample copies) from AIA's website. Read them carefully and listen Schiff Hardin contract lectures (they are for free, google and you will find them) while reading them. Listen the lectures multiple times to fully understand them.

    On top of you readings, you should supplement your studies with practice questions. NCARB now has the free practice exam and there are very affordable third party providers out there that you can use. Search in this group for suggestions and make your decision based on the reviews and on your budget. I think to pass PJM, PCM and CE you don't need to spend so much money and you can study all these exams together for 8 to 10 weeks and test them 2-3 weeks apart. 

    Also, don't forget to visit the NCARB Demo exam and to familiarize yourself with the tools you get on the test day.

    To sum up, I think going with NCARB referenced materials first and supplementing them with 3rd party practice questions is the best way to study and pass any exam. 

    I wish you best of luck!

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