Passed PjM - No secret code, just time.
I passed Project Management this weekend, and there isn't a secret sauce to studying for this one...just time.
My study materials:
-Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Design into Buildings
-PPI ARE 5.0 (The flashcards are useless for this exam, IMO)
-NCARB practice exams
Watch all the BlkS videos and take all the practice exams and quizzes. Read all the relevant chapters in AHPP (the most helpful for this exam, IMO) and take the NCARB practice exam (2nd most helpful, IMO).
All of this took me more than 2months to absorb, but once I got to the exam, none of the questions were as complex as you'll find on BlkS, PPI, or the NCARB practice exam. That allowed me to quickly understand what each question was talking about and answer with 80% confidence.
Lastly, my exam practice and day-of strategy were the same: Mark ALL questions requiring math or review of a schedule as REVIEW and keep things pushing along until the end. This included the scenarios. Once going through all the questions, I went back to the math/schedule questions...of which there were about 15 (1st disclaimer: under no circumstance should you expect this number of math/schedule questions. It's just the number I received on that day at that time). This left me over an hour to walk back through them, take my time and answer them.
2nd Disclaimer: I do not recommend this strategy without being very comfortable with the subject matter. I hate the math questions on the AREs and can go on for many minutes walking through why but for this particular exam, I practiced a strategy that worked for me on exam day. Maybe I got lucky.
Good luck, friends.
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