How I Passed PcM

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    Daniel Spilman

    Randall! CONGRATS SIR! Well done indeed. Fantastic write-up as well. I agree 100% with everything you said. I believe if everyone was to follow this formula (which is basically what I have also recommended in other posts) then you will have no problems passing this exam. I used AHPP + the AIA Agreements, no third-party study guides, and I passed as well. 

    Congrats again! What is next for you?

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    Randall Hunter

    Thanks!!

    I'm taking Project Management next. I really want to take it in the next 2 weeks but I"m hesitant to jump in that quickly. I want to ride this momentum though as long as I can. I'm hoping to pass PjM and PA by the end of August. That will just leave 2 exams to take before the year ends and by that time I'll be nearly finished with AXP as well.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hey, Randall -- CONGRATULATIONS!

    As far as a rule of thumb time-frame goes, about a month of study seems to work well for most for the CA, PjM, PcM, and Pa exams.  That said, there is not much to lose in taking them more quickly if you feel ready -- especially, since you now passed one already -- now you know the drill, and have a success under your belt.

    As far as study materials / approach goes -- I did essentially what you did.  More accurately, my strategy is to watch what Daniel S. does, then copy that approach  ;-)  ...which has worked on 4 for 4 exams for me.

    Good luck on your upcoming exams!

     

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    Elsa Contreras

    Congratulations! I have not yet registered for Practice Management yet, but that is the first exam I will be taking as well. This post is very help. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your study resources and methods. I have one question, for Kevin G's recommended chapters, where can I find them? I Googled them and it directs me to Pluralsight. Is that where you obtained the list of recommended chapters? If not, would you be extra kind and maybe direct me to a website? Thanks a bunch! :) 

    And good luck on your remaining exams. 

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Elsa,

    You can find it here:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4BvCc3nt7PsNFVialI2WFJWNVU

    Good luck!

    Kevin Griendling, AIA
    www.pluralsight.com
    www.paramarch.com

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    Lidia Quintanilla

    Hi Everybody!

    I'm new on this, and nervous but motivated. I'm from Costa Rica and moved to Phoenix 6 years ago, and I started to work on architecture here about 3 years ago,I'm an architect in my country but I didn't have enough practice to be able to practice Architecture in USA. And to be honest i'm glad I didn't, it's been an amazing road, understanding construction systems and how architects are more responsible in USA, everything has been new to me. I'm just 800 hours away to finish AXP  and two weeks ago I had green light from NCARB to schedule exams. I had to go thru a long process in Costa Rica to prove I'm in good standings in CR and NCARB was very tight in the process, but finally they granted me access to continue this journey. I started looking how to start and what to study and Randall's post made everything clear!!!!! I'm so excited to see I'm in the right path. I don't know anybody studying as well so I didn't have any clue, I have read couple of posts and they where helpful too but this one is definitely the one that gave me confidence on what I have to do. We will see how it goes. A little bit slower in my case but I'm motivated!!!!

    Thank you everybody for take the time to do this so other people can clarify their questions.

    I have purchased the AHPP and I'm going to read it all and then go more deeply on the red, orange, and yellow areas from Kevin G's recommended chapters. Also I have the code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct. I will definitely keep on contact with this community and see what will be helpful. 

    Wish me luck!!! I have to fight my English as well but at the same time I'm learning from it too, so is a gain!!!!

     

    Thank you again!

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    Randall Hunter

    Lidia, Congrats on being cleared to start taking the exams! I am glad that I could be of some help to you as you start this journey along with the rest of us here. My recommendation would be to continue to come to these forums on a regular basis and read everything. If you are unsure about something, ask questions. If you have a question then it's a pretty sure bet that someone or 100 other people have the same one. Good Luck!!

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    Adriana Segura Alcaraz

    Randall, thanks for all your inside, I have read all the books ncarb recomend, I will take the firs test PM in 10 days,  the accounting topic it is the difficult part for me, there is something that I should do to be better prepared for it.

    thanks,

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hi Adriana -- which test are you taking next -- PcM?

       

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    Adriana Segura Alcaraz

    I will be  taking Practice Management

     

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Adriana:

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/115006332887-Just-took-PcM

    ^ Great compilation sheet that Erica posted -- page down most of the way through the above link.

    Also, I liked this link to get the bigger picture of how much of this type of info gets implemented on a daily basis.  Simplified, but effective:

    http://www.aiafla.org/upload_documents/2017ConventionSessionC-FeeNegotiations-2.pdf

    Good Luck!

     

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