4.0 Study Material

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    David Ferrara

    Is this the best Study Material for this Exam?

    • ARE 5.0 Handbook
    • Architect Handbook of Professional Practice 
    • 4.0 Kaplan Flashcards
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    Tina Naik-Gadhia

    I was hoping someone would respond to this thread. I have all the study material for 4.0 and would like to know if I can use 4.0 material for 5.0 Exams? I am really confused and frustrated. I have spent hundreds of dollars on 4.0 study material and classes. I would like to use the materials I have, but I am concerned. 

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    Stephanie Waples

    I recently took the Practice Management exam and outlined the materials I used here: 

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/115001162328-Fresh-From-the-PcM-Exam-Thoughts-and-Tips

    Warning: it's a long post. It also describes my study strategy and was very specific to me. I went in with very little work experience in this area, and it was my first test, so I decided from the start to over study. I broke it down by study materials and tried to describe what did and didn't work for me. 

    I was less than impressed with Ballast's 5.0 materials. It was riddled with typos and even big mistakes (like swapping definitions of statute of limitations and statute of repose). I didn't feel like they did a great job dividing out the material according to 5.0 divisions -- I note in my post that I read the PjM and CE portions to be safe, and there was definitely material needed for PcM in there. 

    If you're looking to save money, I'd say use your 4.0 materials and study according to the credit model and the handbook's objectives. Specifically for PcM, the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice is a GREAT resource. I'd put the majority of your time into that source. 

    Does that make sense/is that helpful?

    Stephanie

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    Tina Naik-Gadhia

    Thanks Stephanie. Your post is very helpful. So my understanding is that I should study CDS + PPP 4.0 Study materials for Project Management and Practice Management exams. Along with Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice and AIA Documents. 

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    Stephanie Waples

    That's how I understand it as well -- I definitely feel like the material I studied for PcM is going to be very helpful when I take PjM next. Even if you over-study for the first one, it won't be wasted if you follow up with the second. You'll just be building on a solid foundation.

    Glad I could help out.

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