I took (and passed!) PjM last Monday, and I wanted to share my observations, since I found others helpful to guide my studying. This was my fifth exam, after passing PA, CE, PPD and PcM.
I had Ballast guide, but primarily studied the AHPP (15th), the AIA contracts and listened to the Schiff Hardin lectures. I had read CSI’s Project delivery Practice Guide for my CDT exam and reviewed for my CE exam, so I'm sure I remembered some of it but didn't directly study it or my noted from it for this test.
- Understand contingencies (where they might be added, who pays for, how it affects project cost, construction cost and architecture fees)
- Understand what varies for other project delivery types, particularly Design Build and Construction Manager(agent or constructor)
- Read and understand all types of schedules, know their names and when they are used (I expected to need to read them, but wasn't prepared to name them, and hadn't encountered some of the options)
- Know what constructability reviews are and how they are used
- Understand the parts of documentation packages – the "tower" diagram from CSI’s Project delivery Practice Guide (the older Project Resource Manual on the matrix should have it too) is helpful to visually see how the documents are related.
- Contracts not provided by NCARB or on the handbook abbreviation list are referenced
Suggested Clarifications to the ARE Handbook (or the test):
- In the reference section expand the list of AIA contract documents to include ANY referenced on the tests. If the provisions aren't identical to provided contracts please also provide them for study. This is the second test where I've had a question about a contract not provided to study or listed as an abbreviation. Both questions could have worked just as well referencing the contracts we are provided to study from. The first time I thought it was an error and reported it, but now that it's happened again I'm not sure.
- Specifically note conversions we are expected to know for clarity. I saw a lot of frustration about yards and acres in the discussions here. I expected yards since it's used in a handbook question, but learned (and didn't need) acres based on the comments. This might be as simple as putting a not above, or conversions with, the units of measure list. If acre is on the test it should be added.
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