Re: Kevin G's PcM Recs - Is AHPP ch. 13 relevant to the PcM exam?

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Nicky,

    You asked a good question. The AHPP Chapter 13 discusses building codes, standards, and regulations from a strategy perspective. It gives you an understanding of how to plan your team, who to make initial contact with, for what, and when it is appropriate.

    It may not be critically important to the main bulk of the exam, but it certainly sets the stage for process questions in this exam, as well as everything else you need to know as you progress into PjM, PA and beyond.

    At the very least, give it a good read-through, not just a skimming.

    In case anyone else on this forum would like to see the outline, visit this link:

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

     

    Good luck,

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

    www.paramarch.com

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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    I like Kevin's ARE 5.0 info.  He seems like he'd be a great teacher.   As with PcM, Kevin is not telling you that there is a magic shortcut to the AHPP.  Because there is not.  Kevin's outline is realistic per exam -- you will not go wrong following it.

    To be sure, right now there is a different "outline" being touted on this forum that in my opinion IS trying to short circuit the required study of the AHPP -- breaking it down to individual pages recommended for study.  Which, is completely crazy.       

    The AHPP is a really big book, and, as an architect, you need to read it.  There are some 5.0 reference materials that no one really needs to read cover to cover, but the AHPP is not one of them.  It's more or less the holy book of practice.  Plan to read this book.  All of it.  A cliff notes outline should be of no interest to you.  

     

      

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    Amy Songer

    Hey Nicky,

    If you are interested in the additional outline of the AHPP Kurt mentioned above you can download it here: http://narmourwright.com/wp/index.php/wiley-publishing/

    There is an individual guide for each 5.0 exam. Kurt has been misinformed that these break it down to only individual pages to study. These documents list relevant chapters, content areas, backgrounders, sidebars, etc. as they relate to the exams objectives listed in NCARB's ARE Handbook.

    The page numbers are where you find the beginning of each chapter or content area listed and are not intended to be the only pages for study.

    Hope these can help you in your studies. Good luck on your exams!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Amy Songer:

    You seem to be invested in your outline, however the larger point of my comments is not about the layout of your outline, page numbers, sections, or etc., but rather toward the general importance of the AHPP, in it's entirety, to both ARE candidates and practicing architects.     

    As stated, my opinion is that it is one of the very few ARE 5.0 Handbook reference materials that should be read completely, and this opinion is not unique to me alone.  It would appear that you disagree -  which is completely up to you. 

     

     

     

      

     

     

       

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    Amy Songer

    Hi Kurt,

    My comment above was to address the incorrect information you stated regarding the outline. The guide would not have been created if we did not find the AHPP a great resource and extremely valuable in studying for all of the 5.0 exams.

    It is not necessary to read its entirety for a single exam such as Practice Management, which the original post is referencing. Kevin G.'s recommended chapters for PcM, that he links above, do not highlight that you need to read all of the chapters to succeed for that exam. The guides provided at my link are to help target specific chapters and content for each individual exam.

    Not everyone studies the same way and there are plenty of study strategies out there to follow. We believe it valuable to align the AHPP with the ARE Handbook objectives from which the exams are based. Also I must correct your last statement. I do believe one must read the AHPP in its entirety over the coarse of the 5.0 exams. This is not a Cliff notes version of the AHPP it is a navigation tool for the AHPP about each individual exam.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Given my post and my further explanation of my thoughts on this, I'm not sure what you're correcting.

    In any case, the OP brought up PcM.  Many start with this and the other "business" exams.  The combination of just PcM and PjM together essentially span the AHPP.  Given that fact, my opinion is that you might as well just bite the bullet and read the thing.  You are free to recommend a different approach. 

    interestingly, one of the big realizations that many candidates -- myself included --  have realized in hindsight is that studying for several exams at once would have been far more cohesive and of great benefit.  Of course, not all exams or reference materials fall into this assessment -- however, there is some consensus that the three business exams, along with the PPD/PDD duo would have been great to approach this way.  So, knowing that many candidates -- again myself included -- end up reading AHPP and BCI const. completely, my advice can only be to concentrate on just reading them -- no guide required.  I'm not correcting you on anything -- I just don't the see value of your outline.   

     

     

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    Amy Songer

    The study/testing strategy you describe would be a great subject for a post so all ARE candidates can benefit from your experience.

    It seems an off topic suggestion for study on this thread considering the OP is taking the PcM exam this week and asked about relevant chapters in the AHPP for that exam.

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    Paige Franklin

    Does it matter which Edition of the AHPP I study from?

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Paige,

    Generally speaking, there is a reason textbooks are updated. There may be old practices removed or replaced, revisions of errors, new items, etc. If you have the 14th edition available, it will have a large portion of the required content in it. However my chapter guide, as well as any other guide provided on this forum, will likely not be aligned. You may also experience confusion when a forum contributor states something to the effect of "The answer to Question A on Subject X is on Page 45." Page 45 in the two books may be entirely different.

    It really is a great book. I suggest you purchase the latest edition if your office doesn't have it or won't buy it. Of all of the 50 or so textbooks they list in the NCARB resource list, AHPP 15th edition is #1 on the "Must Purchase" list. The other upside to it, is that you only really need one book for two entire exams* (PcM and PjM). Not a bad deal.

    *PjM studies will benefit from other texts but AHPP is a must have.

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

    www.paramarch.com

     
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    Paige Franklin

    Thank you Kevin. My office has the 13th Edition. I will purchase the 15th. 

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    Annette Corona

    Amy,
    Thanks for the clarifications on the ahpp guide you developed. I find it incredibly helpful as it relates to the NCARB handbook. I consider your guide to be an invaluable source for breaking up the ahpp into a digestable study resource and I hope others are not deterred from using it by the other comments in this thread. Strongly recommend.

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    Amy Songer

    Hey Annette!

    I am so glad you found the guide useful! I have been meaning to do a few posts regarding my experience with the exams. I finished my last one in December, but I also got engaged in December so life has distracted me. I will work on finding time soon since this community has given such great support and encouragement to everyone involved. I would also highly recommend joining Michael Riscica's facebook group - NCARB - Architect Registration Examination. Another great place to talk with other people taking their exams. 

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    Juan Ocampo

    Both study guides are a great resource. I do have to say the breakdown study guide is an easier task to take on to study and focus on just one exam. Reading the whole AHPP for one exam can be overwhelming, but I do understand that the book covers 3 exams itself. But I know for my preference I am only focusing on one exam at a time. Thank you for both study guide recommendations.

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