PcM - PASS Recap

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    David Lyman

    Thanks for the input and it was very detailed. I thought I was ready but after reading a few blogs, I'll need to re-tool myself to make sure I pass. Much thanks again and good luck with the rest of your testing.

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    Jenna Wandishin

    David, you very well may be ready!! I provided this overview for anyone who may benefit. Keep forging ahead and good luck!

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    Rabeea Alkhazraji

    Congrats Jenna,

    question in regard case studies - did you read the entire case studies then look to the questions or you look to the questions first what they asked for and look for the answers through given scenarios? which I assume will save some time rather than read entire scenario

    thank you

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    Marta Snow

    Rabeea-

    I found success in quickly reading the statement of the Case Study, which is a few short paragraphs, first.

    Then I looked at what resources were available in the tabs, without opening them. I feel that there is no reason to read through all of the resources before getting to a specific question. That would waste a lot of time.

    For each of the specific questions within the Case Study, you will consult the initial statement and/or only one or two of the resources for very specific information. Use the search tool if the resource is longer than 3 pages or so. 

    Remember that the specific questions are not cumulative - each one will be a distinct question, not dependent upon any previous question.

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    Jenna Wandishin (Edited )

    Rabeea - I personally felt I would have enough time in this exam within the allotted window that I could browse the case study resources first. I took a glance at what they were, and then tackled those questions first before proceeding to MC. Ultimately look at the questions first because some resources you actually may not even need to answer the questions. 

    Marta - agreed! Especially regarding each question is distinct. I fell into the trap in my practice exams thinking that an answer to one question had an influence over another. 

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    Rabeea Alkhazraji

    thank you Marta and Jenna - much appreciated.

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    Randall Hunter

    Jenna,

    Another great write-up on this forum to help future test takers. Congrats on the pass! Are you taking PjM next? If so, and you felt pretty confident in your pass of PcM, I personally would not take a ton of time between exams. I felt like I crushed PcM and then I spent about 6-8 weeks before I took PjM and I was quickly burned out from studying virtually the same material again multiple times. Get really comfortable with the contracts related to PjM and brush up on any weaker areas and go for it. I felt fairly confident in my PjM score as well but I was so drained from the subject matter of the two tests that I think I could have done better had I not spent so much time in between.

    Goodluck!

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    Jenna Wandishin

    Thanks, Randall. That is a good suggestion, but due to the holidays and personal plans I did have to plan it with 7 weeks in between. Did you use Pluralsights on either PcM or PjM? 

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    Randall Hunter

    That makes sense. I'm in the same situation with the holidays and PPD. I have not used anything outside of the NCARB matrix materials other than quick browsing through the new 5.0 Ballast material and practice exams. I feel 100% confident that AHPP and the contracts are more than enough to get through PcM and PjM.

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    Bissan Salloum

    Hi Jenna! Thanks for the advice! Where can I find the recommended focus chapters for AHPP that you mentioned?

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    Jenna Wandishin

    Hi Bissan, it is a study guide provided by Wiley. 

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    Aashti Miller

    Hi Jenna! Thanks for all the advice. Going to take PcM soon. I was wondering - when people say "study" the contracts, I still don't quite understand what that means. Does that mean knowing everything in the suggested 4-5 contracts? Or knowing what each one more generally talks about? Any advice would be great! Thanks!!

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    Randall Hunter

    Aashti, I would definitely recommend reading the contracts rather thoroughly. I know that it can be super tedious but you will need to know much more than just what the contract is generally about. You should be comfortable with what party to the contract is responsible for specific issues. Questions on the exam will more than likely give you a situation and given the contract you must be able to tell who is affected or how they are affected. I hope that clears it up a little.

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    Jenna Wandishin

    Hi Aashti, similar to Randall, but I would add ensuring that you have read through them. It is not for memorization purposes, but being able to understand the various components in context - responsibilities, duties, liabilities by which parties, etc. While you read it, ask yourself how it can be applied to a hypothetical situation and understand the jurisdiction. The A-201 with Commentary is a big help as well, as it decodes the legal language and walks you through the implications. 

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