Selling Brightwood Practice and Project Exam Prep Study Guide ARE 5.0

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    Brad Behne

    I saw you passed the PcM section.  I take my exam in March. Was wondering if you have any insights on best study methods and how the PcM exam was structured or type of questions?

    Thanks

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    Austin Fox

    Brad,
    Knowing the B101 and A201 is key. Knowing who is responsible for what and how to cover yourself. The Mindset to have during the exam if you ever get stuck is “what does NCARB want me to answer?” Think about it, they want architects to protect the health safety and welfare of the people, so next time your stuck, ask yourself that and keep that in mind.

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    Jaime Polonowski

    I seem to remember someone posting a while ago that there are versions of these contracts with the commentary to help study. Does anyone have a link of where to download those or how to get them? Thank you!

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    Allison Hora

    Hi Austin,

    My firm has provided us with the Brightwood study guide and I will be using that as one of my primary study resources.  I was curious if you supplemented your studying by reviewing the AHPP as well?  I have read over and over on this forum about how reading/studying certain sections of the AHPP is crucial to passing this particular exam. However, I have coworkers who tell me it is a waste of money to invest in the AHPP and that they passed the exam material (through 4.0) without reading it. It is an expensive resource and want to make as informed a decision on investing in it before I do so. Do you have any insight or advice on this?  

     

    Thanks in advance!

    Alli

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    Kelly Duignan

    Alli,

    For me personally, I am going to echo what many others on this forum have said - the AHPP has been extremely valuable as my primary study resource for Practice Management.  I would not rely on the Brightwood study guide alone as my primary resource.  I felt like the Brightwood study guide was a good way to get an overall idea of what is on the exams and I liked that it had practice questions, but it does not go into detail like the handbook does (and like the exam tests you on).  My first time around studying for Practice Management, I spent a lot of time going over the study guide which was a good outline, but felt like I ran out of time going over concepts in the handbook.

    If your firm offered up the Brightwood study guide, ask them about getting the Handbook.  It can be used as a resource for 4 exams (PcM, PjM, PPD and PDD).  I also saw a .pdf of the handbook floating around this forum somewhere.

    - Kelly

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    Austin Fox

    Alli,

    The materials I used were the B101 AND A201 along with the supplementary contracts. I also used the Ballast book. 200 bucks for all exams, can't beat it. As for the AHPP, I did buy it but I did not end up using it. It was too overwhelming and I found it too much to grasp. If you have any further questions you can look into my Instagram profile where I am documenting my progress through the exams there. My Instagram is _austinfox.  You can also shoot me an email if you would like more advice. I'm not a pro but I can share what has worked for me. 

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    Allison Hora

    Kelly and Austin,

    Thank you both so much for your advice! It is great that NCARB give us this platform to discuss with one another what is working (and not working) for studying and taking the exams.

    - Kelly, you reiterating that it will be a resource to study from for 4 exams was what sold me and I bought the book last night on Amazon. It was expensive but at least I got 1 day shipping...ha! 

    - Austin, the book does look overwhelming... I will see how this goes! Thanks again for your advice. I will look out for you on Instagram.

    Thanks again!

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