Recommended Study Guide for Practice Management

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    Dante Casasanta

    Do you mean the Architect Handbook of Professional Practice 15th Edition.?

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    Alicia Bernardo

    Hi Dante,

    The Architect Handbook of Professional Practice is a great resource - also recommend by NCARB,but the Project Resource Manual of Practice Fifth Edition as stated in my last post is what I was referring to.  Look it up, let me know if you have any questions!

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    Michelle NCARB

    Dante,

    Both the books Alicia mentioned are listed in the references section of the ARE 5.0 Handbook.  Typically, item writers have used the CSI Manual of Practice more for C&E, but great to know it was helpful in preparing for PcM, too!

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    Matthew Atkins

    Has anyone used the new ballast books as a study guide? I've been studying them for a month but the practice exam results aren't what I expected so far. Not sure if they were a waste of my time and should have gone straight to the source, I know many people used them for 4.0.

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    Alicia Bernardo

    Hi Matthew,
    I thinks its great that you got your hands on the Ballast 5.0! I dont think they were a waste of time at all. I am personally still referencing 4.0 Ballast and Kaplan as some of my study resources. In my opinion the information is all the same just differs in how its presented. Your time has not been wasted but I would probably atleast cross reference the recommended NCARB resource to make sure your on track. Keep up the good work!

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    Carolina Glas Roditi (Edited )

    Matthew,

    Would it be possible for you to explain a bit what you mean by "practice exam results aren't what I expected" when referencing the Ballast 5.0 Practice Exam?

    I have been thinking about purchasing that both Ballast books but am still hesitant.  

    It seems that if one is going to take a test with almost 100 questions, practicing with the ARE Handbook's 10 sample questions is not enough.

     

    Happy New Year!!!

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    Matthew Atkins

    Carolina...after studying for a couple of weeks I decided to do the Ballast 5.0 Practice Problems, didn't do so hot so regrouped and focused in on a couple of areas.  I took the Ballast 5.0 Practice Exam last week and again pretty much bombed it.  In reviewing the answer's the Ballast Practice Test seems to be very subjective and I don't buy all the answers and found that some that I did miss were not explained as completely as I would have liked.  I read the AIA Handbook for these areas this past weekend and found that largely the material is the same, so maybe its just me.  I will be very curious to see if the ARE test is as subjective/picky, because the NCARB practice exam did not appear to be.

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    Kiley Lewis

    Hi everyone, I'm just getting started down this road.  I've seen the list of references in the ARE 5.0 Handbook.  Wanted to know if any of you have found an economic way to obtain the books recommended? Thanks

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    Anirudh Dhawan

    In my opinion, starting with the architect handbook for professional practice was the most helpful material that I bought while studying for this exam, although even tho I feel alright about my performance , it seems like it will be some time before results will be posted. It is definitely and essential regardless

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    Stephanie Waples

    Alicia,

    I'm taking my PcM test next Monday, and a co-worker from a different branch in my firm is finally going to get a copy of this book to me today. Since I've only got 5 days left, do you have any suggestions on specific chapters that would be helpful for the PcM test? 

    Thanks,

    Stephanie

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Stephanie,

    In this post, I placed a link that will take you to a PDF where I've outlined most of the chapters you should need to cover your bases on PcM.

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/219597667-Study-Materials

    Bear in mind that when I made it, it wasn't clear that Human Resources would be a significant part of the exam, which it is (or can be), and should be included in your studies.

    Good luck!

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.paramarch.com

    www.pluralsight.com

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    Stephanie Waples

    Thanks Kevin, but I was actually referring to the "Project Resource Manual of Practice Fifth Edition", not the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice. (Side note - I did use your markup extensively in my studying, so double thanks.)

    I was just wondering since Alicia specifically mentioned this other book as helpful (even though it's not listed on the matrix) what exactly it was she wished she'd read before the test. Granted, when I receive this book from my co-worker this afternoon, the table of contents may make this very clear to me based on the objectives outlined in the Handbook.

    Stephanie

     

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    Kevin Griendling

    Super good plan. My apologies for not reading your post more carefully. I try to read a post or two before I begin my work day to be helpful. I should wake up earlier!

    Kevin

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    Alicia Bernardo

    Hi Stephanie,

    Even though I just took it in Novemeber, I feel like it was SO long ago already!

    What I like best about this book is that the Table of Contents is very clear and concise. By just going through the TOC, you can narrow down very easily what items to focus on based on the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook.  For this exam using this reference, I would look at delivery methods, responsibility of each party based on delivery method, and insurance.  As i mentioned though - these are just a few of the items as I quickly skim back through the TOC and the Handbook - go through and highlight the items you may need to review before the exam.

    Each item is a quick read which is nice and unlike many of the other study guides I have been coming across but it gets to the point as well.  I will also be testing this Monday - PDD.  If you have taken this exam and have any tips or suggestions please send them my way!

    Be aware of timing on PcM.  I lost out on two questions with no time to review on this one.  Best of luck!

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    Stephanie Waples

    Thanks for the tips Alicia!

    PcM will be my first exam, so unfortunately I can't reciprocate the tips. Good luck! I got my hands on the book last night and you're right -- it seems to be structured very differently from the other sources I've used so far. 

    Stephanie

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