I took (and failed) the Project Management exam yesterday. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced an exam where the content of the questions did not seem to have much to do with the recommended study materials?
I studied a few of the relevant AHPP chapters, the Kaplan PPI chapters on project management, the AIA contracts, I also used the Designer Hacks quizzes and mock exams to find weak areas (passed their mock exam with an 87%, which doesn't mean much, other than I haven't been failing my practice exams), watched a few black spectacles videos...in short, I referenced multiple sources and felt I had a decent grasp on the material.
However, when I actually sat the exam, the questions seemed to have very little if anything to do with the suggested materials across multiple sources. I don't know if I was unlucky and got some "new" questions that NCARB is trying out, but I was very thrown by the content. I felt a lot of the questions had nothing to do at all with project management--which I feel confident in saying since I do have some actual experience in project management. Actually, there were multiple times I glanced at the exam heading to make sure it actually said "project management". Needless to say, it was confusing and frustrating.
Having passed practice management last year on the first try, I felt I had gained good insight as to how the stated exam objectives aligned with the study material (I also studied from AHPP, AIA contracts, Brightwood Archtiecture, and Kaplan for that one) and had a good idea of what to expect for PjM.
This experience has been so strange and disappointing, I probably will be taking a break from exams for quite a while, if I even choose to continue.
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