PjM Passed

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    Amy Hall (Edited )

    hi, just wanted to chime in too. I just passed PjM on Friday.  I printed out the contract documents and used Pluralsight - Kevin Griendling's lectures to make notes on all of them while he was talking.  I also read some chapters in the 15th edition of the AHPP (mostly Chapter 10).  And the last resource I used in studying for this exam was the designerhacks practice quizzes.

    On to Practice Management and CE!

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    P.S.  know ft to yard, sqft to acer and master spec divisions (0-14) not in detail but just know what they are.

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    Scott Barber

    Congrats, Mitulkumar, and thanks for the tips! I'm beginning to make my plan of action for PjM, PcM, and CE and definitely will keep your suggestions in mind!

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Scott i would recommend PcM before PjM... based on what ive read on this forum and experience PcM is kind of like intro, PcM is bit more in depth n CE is at micro level. For PcM Ballast is good primary source with handbook for background (all i did for PcM).

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    Scott Barber

    Sounds good - I'm looking through posts for each of these exams over the next couple of days and will plan on starting with PcM for the time being. Thanks!

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    Demont Campbell

    Congrats on your pass Mitulkmuar. I'm taking PjM exactly a week from now. Did you study from the Ballast Review Manual or the Ballast Practice Exam book?

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Demont,

    I read through Ballast Review Manual but focused more on practice exams they are more closely related to type of questions you see on the test.  Be sure to look at both PjM and CE sections.

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    Demont Campbell

    Sorry, one more question. Are the practice exams included in the Ballast Review Manual if I purchase it? 


    https://www.amazon.com/Review-Manual-Architect-Registration-Exam/dp/1591265150/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522676013&sr=8-1&keywords=ballast+are+5.0

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    Mitulkumar Patel (Edited )

    that is part of the package you want.

    https://ppi2pass.com/are-5-review-bundle.html  here is the full list of books i used, i would recommend getting all 3 books... each book fills in gaps in there 2.

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    Rosemarie Maxwell

    Hello all I took PjM on Friday and failed from the score report I came really close to passing I found that the hardest questions for me were the pick 2, 3 or 4 questions.  I had 30 minutes to review the exam and even while reviewing I changed some answers to what I thought would be correct answers. I had about 20 of these types of questions. I studied for 2 months for this exam. and the posts that you guys made with the links were a big help. Thank you. Any thoughts on how to tackle these types of questions on a multiple choice exam?

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    Yu Jen Su (Edited )

    Hi Mitulkumar,

    Can you please elaborate to what extent do we need to understand Master Spec? My understanding is it's a new spec type developed by the AIA, and the industry standard is still MasterFormat. Where would be a good start for us to understand Master Spec?

     

    Best,
    CS

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Rosemarie,

    As long as you learn from it, its not a failure, and I have learned a lot while taking this tests (just look at my bank account, lol).  I suffer from dysgraphia so by the time i get to the end, i am in the same boat for all of my tests.  Few trick i've picked up is when they ask for you topic 3-4 ans from a list of 5-6 choices, they are not asking you to pick the right answers but instead they are asking you to isolate wrong answers. The question will feel less cumber sum if you know you only have to pick 1 or 2 things that don't belong rather then picking 3-4 things that do.  

    Another thing i found useful is taking the question its face value.  As much as NCARB likes to think they are testing your ability to make decisions and your ability to think like an architect... this test does not.  As an architect you are trained to think creatively and outside the box.  However the truth about this test is, its graded by a computer (as far as i know, computers do not work in what if situations).  If the test is asking you to put a bed next to a window, you put that bed next to a window; do not think well it might look better in the middle of the room. THIS TEST IS NOT DESIGNED TO TEST YOUR CREATIVITY.

    Also, each question is worth 1 point.  do not spend more then 60 seconds on 1 question.  This goes double for case studies, they tend to eat up a lot of time for 1 point.  What i do is answer first 10 questions to get into a rhythm of answering the questions, then take 10 mins (be sure to time yourself) to do as much of 1st case study as i can.  Then go back to test, do 10-20 questions (by then all that extra info on case study has had time to settle in your brain) and do remainder of the case study in 5 mins or make changes.  so in first 45mins you have knocked out 1 case study and 30 questions. Then rinse and repeat for CS 2.  This way you are not panicking about the case study monster waiting at the end of the road. 

    One other tip is do the word problems 1st, save the math problems for last or if you are good at math, do math problems first and then normal problems.  this way you are not switching back and forth between thinking in terms of number and words.  Get a theme going and keep at it.  you will find it takes less time to solve 10 math problems in a row then 8 problems broken up. 

    The final tip i found useful (this was something someone on youtube said... so take of for what its worth but i found useful) is take a random survey online right before you walk into the test center.  This could be about anything you find online (just make sure it not when are you going to die test... that thing always says yesterday for me.).  What this does is: 1) gets your brain to stop stressing about the test and 2) passively gets your brain ready to answer multiple choice questions without having to worry about the results.

    Best of Luck!

    Mitul

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Yu,

    Sorry I meant to say Master format, not master spec (master spec is a specification software.)  In term of Master format just know the divisions (see website below).  You don't need to know all 50, but without getting into specifics, know 00-14, and 21-26 and understand them.  you don't need to know exactly whats in them but you should be able to tell me which division you would need to look under if i ask you to find me metal studs, aluminum window, and metal framed sofa (see what i did there... NCARB does that kind of things in this test).  

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Divisions

    Best of Luck!

    Mitul

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    Rosemarie Maxwell
    • Hi Mitul,
    • Thank you for responding your comments were very helpful.  I am going to be taking CE next in about 2 weeks and then I will retake PjM.

    Best regards,

    Rosemarie

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    Ruth Brooks

    Hi Mitulkumar,

    I just want to say thank you for posting about your experience and congrats on passing the 2nd time around! I passed PcM on my first try but failed PjM in February and its been hard to convince myself to get back on the horse. But I'm retaking PjM June 2nd and your post is helpful in motivating me again. Thanks!

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Ruth,

    Form your post, it looks like you might be making the same mistake i did.  Which is to focus on one division till pass.  I wasted a full year trying to do that.  I recommend taking a exam and moving on to next division.  that 3 month wait will kill your momentum.  3 months, in my experience is too much time in between retakes.  Just keep moving, pass or fail.

     

    Mitul

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Rosemaire,

    I m going in tomorrow for CE, will make a post on that thread about my experience pass or fail so keep an eye on it.  Hopefully it will help.

    Mitul

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    Rosemarie Maxwell

    Hi Mitul,
    Good luck on your exam.
    Rosemarie

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