Student version of AHPP

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hi Michelle -- sounds like you're doin' this thing. That's great.

    Is this your first exam?  The reason I ask -- if it is, and really in any case, you might consider buying the current AHPP.  It is a tremendous resource, plus it figures into 4 of the 6 exams.  There is probably more than a little consensus here on that point.

    Good Luck!

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    Sarah Smith

    I agree with Kurt, the AHPP is a great resource for multiple exams. Having just passed PcM, PjM, and CE using the handbook as a major resource I can confirm it's worth the investment. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with the student version so it's hard to say what might be missing. In the full version you won't need to focus on the entirety for PcM. I found the sections on Financial management, project delivery methods, and risk management to be really helpful. NCARB is definitely using the AHPP to generate exam questions.

    As far as Ballast I have been using the review manuals as a kick off point for each exam. Going through them gives you a good overview, but it definitely does not go in depth enough on many topics, especially contracts. The practice exams are pretty good though and go over much more in the solutions that what is contained in the review section.

    I also found going straight to the NCARB reference matrix was very helpful. There are some short and easy reads in the PcM section that I felt were worthwhile. They give you lots of real world examples and reviewing the topics written in different ways always help concepts stick for me.

    The last suggestion I would say is to listen to the Schiff-Hardin lectures to understand contracts. This will apply to all 3 of the exams mentioned above but I think PcM focuses most on B101.

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    Daniel Spilman

    Agreed with Kurt and Sarah. Worth the investment for the full thing. 

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    Randall Hunter

    I would agree with the everyone above about the full AHPP. I too began studying using the student version and after about 100 pages of reading and then comparing the 5.0 Handbook as well as the full version's table of contents, the student version is lacking in almost every way. If your test isn't until the end of July, you have plenty of time to get the full version and read the recommended chapters a couple of times. I just passed PcM and I don't think it would have been possible without the full version, for me anyway.

    Also, after reading many of the AHPP chapters and then going to the Ballast material, I realized how lacking the Ballast information is in terms of specific detail. On the other hand, the Ballast practice exam is probably more difficult than the actual exam so I feel it was a good resource to go through and fully understand the reasoning behind the correct answers for the practice problems. Schiff Hardin lectures are also great for the contracts! Good Luck!

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    Daniel Spilman

    Well said Randall! I agree 100%. I think its worth it because you will use it for PcM, PjM and CE. So worth it!

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    Michelle Miller

    Thanks for the feedback!  I ended up sticking with the Student version.  I was already all the way through it and there was no way I had time to start over.  I found it very difficult to get a lot of studying time in especially during the week with work, being a mom and just life!  I studied a few hours a week for 2 months and some busy weeks I missed it all together.  I was pretty nervous, as I am not a good test taker.  I took the exam on Monday morning.  I felt fairly confident but felt it could go either way.  I felt stumped or indecisive by quite a few of the questions.  By Tuesday at 9:00 I found out I passed!!!

    I took notes as I read both the Student AHPP and the Ballast book.  I then reread and made note cards for both books and studied from those a lot.  I also took the Ballast Practice exams with my friend every other week or so. It helped to talk it out with someone.  I never even passed those until my last weekend of studying!  Additionally, I studied the contracts and the Schiff Hardin lecture notes along with some various matrices. Like the financial one that some one posted here and I found some online for comparing Project Delivery and the Business types.  I always struggled with the financial part, even on the test!  

    I'm moving on the Project Management, already scheduled so I keep the momentum going!  Now i need to decide if I get the full version... I told myself I would if I failed but I didn't.  However I'm still not sure.  Thanks again, I've found it helpful to read everyone's questions and comments on here.  Its a great resource.  Best of luck to everyone!

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