First I just want to say don't get discouraged if you don't pass an exam the first time around. Second, find an exam pace that works for you. Yes, ideally people probably want to take the exams right after the other but life happens sometimes so you're not always able to. That doesn't mean you're doomed for failure. If you feel the need to wait 60+ days and retake the exam you didn't pass then do that. If you'd rather move on to something else, that's ok too. I say that b/c the last thing you want to do is to try and keep pace with other people knowing it would hurt you in the end. Take the advice that works for you and keep it moving.
Ok so I took PjM on Saturday for the 2nd time and passed! The first time I took PjM I studied more third-party 5.0 specific material and I must say I was missing a lot of detail. So for this second round, I went back to what worked for me in studying for my first exam PcM (which I passed on the firsty try!) and I found it very useful. Yes, there is some overlap from PcM but honestly not that much from what I saw both times. At least not enough overlap to try and rely mainly on what I got from studying for PcM.
- AHPP was my main source and I did a lot of reading. A lot. Luckily for me I enjoy reading but still at times it was quite painful. But I was able to understand the material in a way that just wasn't possible for me from the third-party material. it's long but you seriously can't go wrong with it. There's an outline floating around that relates to PjM. Use that.
- Schiff hardin lectures. I focused on the contracts and listened to them whenever I was driving. the guy doing the lectures really makes studying the contracts not so painful. understand who is responsible for what and how each party relates to the other.
- you also need to understand the other contracts listed as a reference but they're short and relate to the other contracts so not too bad.
- questions from the ARE 5.0 handbook PjM section. if you truly understand those questions you should be good.
- calculations. I had a ton this time a round but thankfully I was able to understand them. also know acre, square/cubic feet/yard, etc. just know the basic conversions.
- I also took a few practice tests. to me the questions on the practice tests are way easier but it at least helped prepare some for how questions could be asked. however, please be aware of some wrong information in those third-party materials.
One very useful piece of advice someone posted on here is to take the questions they are asking you at face value and don't try to look for some hidden meaning or think well it would be better if....you have to truly focus on how the question is worded and what exactly it is asking. It really did help me when I was able to focus in on the specifics and then narrow my answers down from there.
so yea, just keep pushing through! 2 down, 4 more to go.....onto CE!
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