PjM Pass

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Nicely done!

    You are almost done...  that is so awesome.  You will do great on CE -- I took that one first, and thought it was very straightforward. 

    I look forward to you joining us on the "other side"... 

    Stay focused.

    Congrats again, Scott!

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks Kurt! I'm definitely surprised to have passed each of them so far. I can definitely say that the advice from you and others on this forum played a big part in that. I just hope that my post-exam rambling has some benefit to others as well.

    The only downside to finishing these exams this quickly (my initial goal was by the end of 2018) is I still have ~600 hours to finish my AXP, haha. Either way it'll be nice to have these exams behind me! My goal is to be licensed by this time next year, just depends on getting enough experience in the right areas. 

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    Brendan Herr

    Congrats Scott! Personally, I found CE to be a breeze after taking PcM and PjM (my exam sequence has been PcM-PjM-CE-PA-PPD-PDD, and I'm taking my final one in two days!). CE is all about the A201 contract. Some months ago I posted some post-CE thoughts that might be useful for you.

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks Brendan! I read that post of yours a few weeks ago, but am circling back through some of them to make sure I spend the last days before CE wisely. I'll be sure to check it out - thanks for sharing your input!

    Good luck with your last exam!

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    Osman Bilger

    Hey Scott. Helpful post Im taking PJM next week. I would say on my CE exam about 60% was based on A201. Be comfortable with pay apps and other similar construction administration forms. Be able to navigate a schedule as well. 

    Know who is liable for correction of work under different circumstances

    (architect asks contractor to uncover work they think may not be compliant- GC uncovers work- work is in compliance--- who pays for cost of uncovering work? The owner. per A201)  

    Makes sense because it is our job, under B101/A201, to validate the Work the GC is performing to the owner. Reviewing your study habits I don't think you will have any issues. Best of luck. 

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    Scott Barber

    Thanks Osman! Glad to hear it's heavy on the A201 - I feel pretty good about it to this point, but I'll make sure to review it over the next few days. The gaps/weaker areas in my studying I've identified so far are the CA forms and project closeout. I'll be reviewing the AHPP and Ballast material for those and a few other concepts leading up to the exam. 

    Your knowledge of the A201 will come in handy for PjM as well. Good luck!

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    David Kaplan

    You'll breeze through CE in no time.  Prepare to celebrate............

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Scott -- given some of the incredibly nutty threads of late, I hope that most candidates will recognize the great example you've set -- which really goes for David, Brendan, and of course many other previously successful candidates as well.

    That example being -- assess what the given division is all about via the source (NCARB), put in the hard work / study time, help out other candidates in the process, get help from other candidates where needed, take the exams, and find that a big PASS in capital letters is of course possible.

    David is right -- go ahead and pre-order the party favors...

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    June Wang

    Thanks Scott.

    i find your posts are very valid. i've also asked someone who told me to always align my study with the Handbook. that i'll keep in mind.

    Are you done with the exam?? congrats!!

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    Brittany Varengo

    What kind of scheduling should be reviewed?!

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    Osman Bilger

    The two I've seen on the exams are critical path and gantt charts(bar). Differentiating task dependencies (one item cannot begin without another ending), and tasks that can run concurrent is important.

    You may be shown a full design schedule and be questioned about a change in the month of May affecting a task beginning in October. You will need to go down the schedule and figure out what tasks will affect the schedule and what items are non-critical. AHPP goes pretty in depth on this. As does youtube. 

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    Brittany Varengo

    OK that's what I thought. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Thanks!

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