Architect Exam Prep or Black Spectacles for Project Management

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    Lilia Grigoryan

    Elsa,

    I have used AEP for PjM and CE and passed both exams. I really liked it, specially the audio portions...it is good when you are busy with something but your brain and ears are absorbing the material. But don’t use it as a main and only source. Try to read and understand ( not memorize) contracts, AHPP... this book is your MAIN source for PcM and PjM. I used only free stuff and YouTube videos from Black Specticals.

    Good luck!

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    Kathleen Hogan

    I agree with Lilia here and would say to use the AHPP as the main source of study material. I also failed my PcM exam miserably and only dabbled in the AHPP, but now that I'm actually reading every chapter instead of skimming the pages, I noticed that the exams had the same material from the book (of course I notice this after I failed), especially with project delivery methodologies.

    the direct link for downloading the AHPP 15th edition is here: http://down.ebook777.com/052/1118308824.pdf

    Schiff Hardin Lectures on Contracts B101 and A201 help breakdown each part of those contracts as well.

     

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    Chelsea Hoffman

    Hi Elsa,

    I second / third what Lilia and Kathleen said. The AHPP is a great resource for both PcM and PjM (CE a little bit too). It's a long read, but you don't have to read the entire book. There are a few different markups of chapters to focus on to help guide your studying. They're floating around the forum in earlier posts. I definitely suggest printing out the contracts and annotating them as you listen to the Schiff Hardin Lectures for A201 and B101.

    I failed PcM the first time I took it as well. I decided to move on and study for PjM and PcM as a bundle and took the exams a week apart and I ended up passing both. I added CE to the mix two and a half weeks later and passed as well.

    Good luck!

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    Elsa Contreras

    Thank you so much for your input! I will look for the recommended chapters for PjM on this forum. It took me months to get through the AHPP book, I think that killed me on the exam. I feel like i forgot everything by the time I went in. This time around I hope it will be different. And I will definitely look for the free videos on YouTube, I didn't know they were available. Thanks again. 

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hi Elsa -- a minor setback -- glad to see you pressing forward.  Was this your first exam?  I'm hoping you can still view it as a step forward -- sometimes just the exercise itself of taking an exam has helped candidates realize what they need to do to pass -- the new format and types of questions on 5.0 has thrown some folks off -- sometimes it's a matter of getting into the right "5.0 mindset".  As you study for PjM, try to recall the type of questions you had on PcM -- this can really help focus your studying efforts.     

    I agree with the comments above -- nothing wrong with AEP as a secondary review, but AHPP, Schiff Hardin, and reading the contracts word for word and understanding the application of each contract is the key to PjM.

    One note -- personally, I'm just not fan of the AHPP study outlines.  Too piecemeal.  For PjM the obvious sections are Part 3 Project Delivery and Part 4 Contracts and Agreements.  Long read but worth it.  30 pages a night knocks it out in a few weeks. 

    Good Luck!

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    Elsa Contreras

    Kurt, 

    Yes, PcM was my first exam. I went in very confident and that was crushed immediately. I am thinking of purchasing the AIA contract guidebook. I need to really understand what these contracts are about. I listened to the Schiff Hardin lectures, but I guess that was not enough. I also need to find a way to learn all the accounting stuff that was covered on the PcM. That killed me as well. I kept reviewing the chart that is circulating the forum on accounting formulas and key terms, but again, that wasn't enough to pass. I need to find a way to implement them in real-life scenarios. That's the hard part. I spoke with my employer about it. They can only help so much. Most of the accounting information is kept confidential, as it should. 

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    Cicely Francis

    Elsa,

    I had issues with all the accounting formulas as well. I've been reading The Architects Guide to Small Firm Management and found a section on accounting formulas and key terms that may be helpful. 

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    Chelsea Hoffman

    Hi Elsa,

    Aside from not knowing what to expect taking the exam for the first time I found that the contracts were my downfall as well. I didn't study them as much as I should have, but annotating them as I listened to the Schiff Hardin lectures really helped me out the second time around. I also had a friend send me commentaries for A201 and B101 that they found helpful. I didn't necessarily study from them, but maybe they'll be beneficial for you (or anyone else). You can download them from here:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tavgvfv8zet7lsb/AAC2Y0wi3SImi09F6EalEQlBa?dl=0

    I struggled with formulas a bit too. The Pluralsight video for this helped break it down and make it a bit more relatable and understandable. Someone (Kurt maybe?) had posted a link to a PDF awhile ago in this forum that I also found helpful. I think it was to an AIA lecture.

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    David Lyman

    Hi Elsa and Chelsea,

    I thought I was ready in a few weeks for the PjM & PcM exams but after reading advice, I'll look into the AIA contract info again, especially the commentaries, before diving into the exams.

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    Elsa Contreras

    David, 

    There were a few questions on the PcM exam that refers to the contracts. Understanding them rather than memorizing is beneficial. They word the questions in scenarios, if you know what I mean. That is why I am going to purchase the Official Guide to the AIA documents 2007, they explain each section and what they mean. 

    Chelsea, 

    Thank you for the documents! I have the B101 with commentary, I didn't know they had other ones. This is helpful. :) I am paying a subscription to the pluralsight videos, I will download the PjM section documents and check the videos out. I had it for the PcM exam. 

    Cicely,

    Thank you, That is another book I will definitely check out. I am thinking of just making outlines of the material I read to help memorize. My brain is so dumb, I don't retain so much information well. 

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