Just took Project Managment

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    Daniel Spilman

    Good feedback. I'm taking Project Management on Friday. I experienced similar things during Practice Management so I at least know what to expect. 

    I agree about the break. I barely had time to use the restroom because of all the Prometric procedure. I think this should be adjusted to a 20 minute break. 

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    BG (Edited )

    Good luck Daniel. Suggestion consider starting the case studies first since it takes a bit of time, then you can focus on the straight multiple choice questions. 

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    Alicia Bernardo

    Hey guys,

    Just a comment about starting with the case studies first which I have been seeing a lot of people suggesting. In my opinion and not staying that this works better, but as NCARB has stated ALL questions are = to 1 point.  Say there are 20 case study questions and your`re guaranteed for those, great, you got 20 out of the way but now are left with the remaining x amount of questions (more than 20). Are you sure you have time for those? And the remaining do not have reference material (do you know your material?).  Because I have to say, some of the other questions took me longer than the case study questions! While doing the case studies, use the search tool as best to your advantage.(even though it held me back trying to go through much unneeded info e.g. anything containing letters that I was searching for).  Bruno, I had many of the same problems as you ex. Parking and break where I had to run back and forth just to use the restroom to make sure I didn't overlap back into my exam time before coming back in.  On top of that the person who checked me in told me to "calm down, we like our testers going in calm" lol...they clearly didn't understand! 

    Anyways, I hope my insight helps others!

     

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    Yasser Osman

    Bruno, I am just interested to know how did you prepare for your project Management Exam. I have mine scheduled for Monday and I am using the PPI manual review with the Practice problems.

     

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    BG

    I used the same material as you are using but I would definitely add the architect''s professional handbook as a secondary resource. Good luck.

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    Yasser Osman

    Thanks 

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    Richard Wilson (Edited )

    Bruno, I agree with your initial comment. I also dug in hard on the exam format and content.

    The case studies will inevitably waste a huge amount of time. If you run out of time on a case study at the end of your exam the likelihood of getting the correct answer is reduced significantly, because of all of the resource content that you have to understand to answer the question. Whereas with the rest of the exam, a quick glance at the question and answers can point you in the right direction faster.

    In other words, allocate 3min per question on the case studies to increase your odds, then put 2min per question on most of the regular exam questions, then slip by with 1min per question on the last remaining questions.

    My suggestion is to complete the case studies first.

    For those who are looking for resource study material and strategies, I've outlined Study Strategies.

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    BG

    Richard,

    Thanks for the detail study strategies. You should post the link on the General discussion.

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    Canuto DeLeon

    Took the PM exam today and I may have just helped lower the cut score pretty significantly .... j/k but on a serious note, I finished the main portion of the exam and had 1hr5m left for the two case studies. I may have been overconfident with my time management at that point because I took my eye off the timer and next thing I know I wasn't able to get to the last 2 questions before time ran out. 

    My advice is to never get too lax on your time and don't bog down on just one question. There are some case study questions that you can answer by just knowing your contract documents. So answer those first and then get into the other questions where more in depth research is required into the provided pdf's. 

    Last of all -

    It would be nice to use the number pad on the keyboard as opposed to selecting numbers on the screen. That's not a complaint, just an observation.

    The exam was fun, enjoyed taking it ... can't wait to see if I passed. 

    Good Luck to all!

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    Yasser Osman

    Hi Canuto,

     

    Looks like we took the Project management exam at the same exact time. I had one question left and time expired. I agree with you on not relaxing all the way through. I allowed 10 minutes to review the material provided by case studies and took important notes of where are the important sections to look at than I went to question and I think it helped.

    Good luck and hope results will come out soon.

    Regards,

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    Carmen Martinez

    Hi everyone, I took the exam Saturday. Although I was reluctant to take it so close to just taking practice management I can say that studying the materials together was really helpful. I did feel that a lot of the same types of content I studied for the practice management was also covered here. I do however feel that some of the questions asked do require more time than you have allocated. Some of the math questions really did require some unit conversions that I was not prepared for. The reference guides DID NOT help at all. There was no reference to anything of the questions that helped. I recall three questions that I for sure got wrong because the last step I needed to know how the units were translated and I completely blanked on the conversion. So the write in answer is wrong. I think that NCARB should ask reference material needed per exam.

    The pages take a while to load and that kills time. I ran out of time toward the end because the case study had reference to the question that was 10-11 pages long. I couldn't even find the one line in reference that had the question because you can't click in the table of contents to go to a specific section, you have to scroll through. That took a lot of time. The last question I didn't have time to read the answers to choose so I just clicked on one and the time ran out.

    The questions I find are much clearer now that 4.0 which is great, but being a new software I think there could be improvements. you can't type numbers on the keyboard you have to use the calculator which takes time.

     

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