PcM Pass, but PjM Fail, What next

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    Alicia Liebel

    I passed PcM and then failed PjM right after. I am now getting ready to test for CE, mostly because I have been doing CA for over a year and I figured I could keep studying contracts. I should have kept studying my PcM materials and some PA as well. From what I have been reading from feedback it seems like the overlap between exams is considerable. I test on the 12th and will let you know if the CE strategy was a good one (in my opinion).

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    Briana Jones

    Alicia,

    Thanks so much for your reply. To me that sounds like a great strategy so I wish you all the best! Please do touch base or if you don't mind me checking in I surely will do. I have some CA experience (only on the peripheral so not nearly as much as you) but am slated to have more in February. So I figure while maybe backwards it would get me even more prepared for that. I also maxed out with PPD this year so I don't want to make that mistake again in retaking the same exam back to back rather than moving on and coming back to it with perhaps knowledge from another exam. Best and Happy New Year! Thanks again.

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    Rafael Enriquez

    Take CE for sure than by that time you have passed that exam you should be able to study and retake PjM before continuing on. CE will help with PjM also. Good luck!

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    Briana Jones

    Thanks Rafael for your advice! This was my thought process/hope. Literally took PjM yesterday so I haven't looked too much into CE material yet but did you use any extraordinary material or method of study for CE than the NCARB matrix material? Best to you, as well!

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    Rafael Enriquez

    Only thing not in the matrix that actually did help out was architectural graphic standards, which is huge but just check out the relevant parts that would come up in CA portion of a project. Think reviewing drawings and knowing what different symbols may be. Other than that just CA experience to help identify items on a picture for example. Super vague but the matrix material gets you well prepared. As with every exam there’s some odd questions thrown in. Odd because you wouldn’t have seen them in the references but are more like the stuff you encounter from experience doing CA. If that makes sense.

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    Briana Jones

    Rafael, that does make sense. Good to know. Thanks!

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    Barbara Cipriani

    Hi Briana, I think I failed PJM as well but I think was more due of not knowing I should prepare for questions on acres, hectars, conversion of cubic feet to cubic yard etc, just out of curiosity did you encounter a lot of such calculations in your exam and what material we can use to prepare and retake it? thank you

     

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    Barbara Cipriani

    Rafael do you have any suggestions on where I can find all the usable tables for conversions? thank you

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    Rafael Enriquez

    Barbara is this for PjM? In all he tests there were some questions where conversion threw me off. I kinda wanna say it was more so on PA though. There’s a chart of conversion factors in the back of Graphic Standards but it’s overkill. Just think logically the most likely quantities you’ll be asked to convert. Think area and mass mostly.

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    Briana Jones

    Barbara,

    I did have some and my lowest category was in project execution. This being said I could see how many of those could have fallen in that category, but I also need to refresh nearly all categories as I only got a 2 in one, the category with the least amount of questions! I will brush up on that when I study PjM again as much as I can by reviewing ballast and 5.0 handbook practice problems and anything else I stumble upon. For now I am actually going to change gears and study CE in hopes that I can utilize material learned there for PjM.

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    Barbara Cipriani

    Rafael, the experience of the  unexpected conversions was on PjM and I am looking at the Graphic Standards like now and those are not the type of conversion I found, they were not from Imperial to Metric but within the same Imperial family and being my degrees mostly from Europe where I studied in metric and even in my 15 years of experience n Architecture firms and CM and construction firms I never had to convert cubic feet into cubic yard, never or from square feet to square yard so I think I lost at least 5 questions on those 

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