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    Jonathan Mede

    HI there,

    What matrix materials? Could you provide some more insight on that?

    Thank you, Jonathan

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hi Jonathan:

    The "Matrix Materials" refers to the ARE 5.0 Handbook -- study materials are listed at the end of each division overview, and then again for all divisions combined into matrix format at the very end of the booklet.

    http://www.ncarb.org/sites/default/files/ARE5-Handbook.pdf 

     

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    Jonathan Mede

    Thank you. I see what you are talking about now. Much appreciated! Good luck and happy testing!

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    Daniel Spilman

    Nice work! We'll be getting these results early May, so not too long. I've been waiting since December for my PjM results!

    I purchased the Official Guide to AIA Contracts and ended up returning it because I didn't find it to be extremely useful. I just studied the actual contracts pretty intensively, highlighted important sections, etc. 

    From your post it sounds like it all went well, I think you would be able to tell on this one if you didn't know the content well enough for a passing score. How was your timing? Did you have time to review at all? Cheers! Enjoy your brief respite before getting into PcM.   

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Thanks, Daniel -- Man, I'm hoping I passed! I was pretty studied up for both it and CM as well. I can't imagine your December to May waiting time... I have PcM early May, so I'll have results for the three exams that I took -- that'll definitely be a gauge for my current study methods. We'll probably all know a lot more in early May...!

    Timing for my PjM seemed pretty manageable - I cranked the first 75 questions out crazy fast -- then took my break and shifted down a couple gears for the case studies! Last 20 went slower, but I still had time to check marked answers.

    I had a few questions outside the Case Studies that really took a while to answer -- some calcs, etc. I've noticed that you definitely have to work a lot harder for some points than others.

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    Arlenne Gil

    Coming into this thread a little late, but I just took my first exam (CE) and passed. I'm scheduled to take PcM in a month. I'm toying with the idea of taking the plunge and just scheduling the PjM in the next few weeks, based on the feedback I've seen from people on here. t sounds from your posts and others that CE and PcM share a lot of content... But I also have the previous commitment to PjM and am hesitant to sign up for too much... Any recommendations/thoughts are welcome!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hey, Arlenne -- CONGRATULATIONS!  Finding that PASS on the screen is a great feeling.

    I started with CE as well -- then took PjM, PcM, and PA.   So pretty much what you're now doing.

    I'm not the best example to follow (see my How Not to Pass PA post https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/115006824207-How-not-to-take-PA- ), but I did 4 exams in 3 months, so one month between each exam, and it actually worked out well.  For me, I felt like I had time to read the matrix materials without rushing, and I did not get burned out on the process.

    I just took PA last Friday, and am kind of anxious to get the PPD books I ordered to start studying.  The process is enjoyable if you find the pace that is right for you.

    Keep posting on the forum, and good luck with your next exams! 

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    Maren Robertson

    I'm currently studying for PjM (took PcM in April) and got confused by the Ballast practice exam. They have a couple of questions about contracts not listed on the matrix - C103 & G612. Disregard or get to know them?

    Kurt, your experience report about the PA exam was terrifying! Amazing that you passed anyway!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hi Maren -- funny how a PASS makes a person forget the bad parts of the process!  

    Ya know, I wouldn't worry at all about contracts not listed in the matrix.  

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    Maren Robertson

    Thanks Kurt!

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    Arlenne Gil

    Kurt - Thanks! I didn't realize I would get the results so quickly, so it was a little surprising and then the feeling of relief! I went ahead and signed up for PjM three weeks after my PcM one and I'll just study for both. Hopefully that strategy pays off...

     

    Maren - I got a question on my CE exam that related to some of the contracts not listed in the Matrix. It made me feel a little wrong-footed during the test since I had made sure to thoroughly review all the contracts that were listed in the Handbook. But looking back now, I think Kurt is right and it shouldn't be something to stress out about in general, after all it was just one question... Didn't really care for that annoying little surprise in the exam, though!

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    Maren Robertson

    Thanks Arlene. Yeah, we don't really need those surprises! 

     

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Heh.

    When I took CE, my first exam, I had a calculation question that most here would certainly have thought belonged in PjM.  Yet there it was, and it was a fill in the blank, no less.  

    Some left-field questions are the nature of exams covering interrelated and broad-based info.

    I believe we affectionately refer to them as WTF questions.

    My point is, you can't waste time expecting to fully study for any and all possible annoying and surprising WTF questions -- there is no bang for the buck in attempting to do so.

    I'll stick by my advice -- study the contracts (and materials in general) listed per exam in the matrix.

     

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    Tasanee Durrett

    Hi Kurt,

     

    Thank you so much for all of your insight and for sharing your experiences! I am in the process of retaking my PcM. I had all 3s on my first round so I am confident I will pass the 2nd time around. I am studying for both PcM and PjM at the time, and I am taking the test Dec. 18th. Would you have any suggestions on getting more practice in "Finances" division?

    Thank you in advance!

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