This is my first time posting but I've been creeping on the forum for a while gathering all the valuable information needed to prepare for this test :D I'm so appreciative of everyone who has posted so much advice. You guys have provided so much encouragement and support. Especially people like Kurt F. and Daniel S. who have continuously posted on here. You guys have provided so much valuable information! Thank you and I will continue to search the forum for more advice in preparation of my next exam.
Next, I would like to thank God, my mom, Schiff Hardin, AHPP......but seriously Schiff Hardin lectures and AHPP are GOLD for this exam and everyone who has come before me and said this is absolutely right. That advice is too real.
I decided to start with the "business" exams (as a few people have called them) first bc I've only been in my office for 3 months and figured even though I don't have much experience yet, contracts and such I can read and teach myself.
My take on the exam.......I won't lie, I did not feel confident after the test. Even so much so I may have shed a tear or two. What people say about running out of time is TOO REAL. So it's best not to overthink and to pay attention to details of what is being asked specifically. You're gut is usually right. Also, the financial questions......well I'm still in shock I got through those. There were some questions where I had no clue what the answer was, but overall I at least recognized the content. It was just difficult to me.
As far as what I studied, I listened to Schiff Hardin lectures every time I got in the car. I drive 1.5 - 3hrs each way every weekend so I always listen to a lecture while driving. It really helped to understand the contracts, etc. I also read through some 4.0 material but mostly as a refresher. I wasn't able to get a hold of AHPP until about 10 days before my test but I made sure to read through as much as I could before the test and I think that really helped me. So yea, if you buy nothing else, invest in AHPP! I also went over some of Kevin G. slides and I feel like that also helped. I studied a lot for this exam, about 5 weeks of solid studying, even though I started to get familiar with contracts and such beforehand. I would study 1-2hrs everyday M-Th, 3hrs on Fri, 6 hrs on Sat. and I usually didn't get a chance to study on Sunday. I stuck with my schedule during the week for the most part, but a couple of weekends were thrown off b/c of friends wedding, bridal shower, LIFE. But I'm also not a great test taker and memory not so good so I tried studying every chance I got.
So anyways I just wanted to give a glimpse of my journey with this exam. On to PjM hopefully sometime in December!! Feel free to post any advice on PjM!!
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