I recieved my tenantive pass yesterday and because so many of these posts have helped me in the study process I thought I would share mine as well.
I did the PcM, PjM and CE group of testing each a month a part starting end of July.
I passed PCM and failed PJM ( I blame that partly bc I traveled to 4 different cities for work prior to the exam but nonetheless)
I do think taking them in that order or together worked out very well for me, information very much overlaps between the tests.
As for CE I definitely was not sure at the end whether I would pass or not so VERY happy when I saw a pass!
For the exam I would say exactly what others have:
Know the A201 forwards and backwards - tons of questions directly based off that.
Know wall sections and what each of the different elements are and where they below.
Know construction schedules and when items can start stop, if delays happen etc
Know site sequencing from excavation to door hardware, I had the full spectrum on these.
The case studies as the hardest part for me- so much back and forth and then trying to navigate 40 pages of a document to find one detail stresses me out.
I don’t know how people finish these early with time left over I always use up every minute! I barely had time to review any of my questions!
As for study materials I used:
Black Specticles - I really like the video tutorials and the practice exam is structured exactly like the real deal. I will say it’s STUPID expensive, we had a free trial for a few days with my office and I hadn’t gotten through everything so I bought one month.
Ballast 5.0 review - just skimmed the chapter on this, as everyone has said there are a lot of mistakes in the book so I’m hesitant to really utilize this as a reference
Building Construction Illustrated - really good resource regarding the wall section related questions. Totally helped me. And the book is very inexpensive
designer hacks - I bought the package of exams when I first started studying and just gives you a bunch of questions to answer with explanations I like it for quick sessions of studying.
Hopefully this helps someone, since so many comments helped me!
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