I took PcM this morning and got a preliminary pass.
Now I wait a week or so for official NCARB results.
I want to provide the following input on my study in the hopes it is valuable to others.
But before that, I want to thank the participants of this community. Know that it is very useful to see your progress, comments, and input. Thank you very much.
So here it is, my study materials & methods:
- ARE guide & ARE handbook & AIA code of ethics & IPD guide & NCARB rules of conduct - read them a few times and understand it all
- AIA Contracts - Download all the sample contracts and guides, print them out, organize them in a way that makes sense to you, and read them all a few times. Yes, this is a lot of material, but it's really the only way to know it.
- AHPP - read the entire thing and understand every cranny of business structure, finance, employment lay, and taxation.
- ARE 4.0 Kaplan Review Manual - even though it's old, it VERY good at how it encapsulates the items above listed under the AHPP. Buy a used one.
- ARE 5.0 Kaplan Review Manual, Practice Exam, Practice Problems - buy it, read all the PcM stuff, and read ALL the answer solutions - even for the problems you got correct because there is a lot of useful information in there.
- Tatyana's Notes - they rock. memorize them.
- Financial Management for the Small Arch Firm 101 Part 1 and 2 - find them online and know them inside and out
- Brightwood & Design Hacks practice exams - keep taking them until you're getting over 70%
- Schiff Harden lectures - listen to an entire semester's worth and absorb it. Don't listen while at work. Listen while you're commuting or working out, so you can have a clear mind and absorb the info.
- AIA Primer on Project Delivery - download it, read it, know it.
- BIA How Bridging Works and Bridging explained - download them, read them, know them
- American Arbitration Assoc Construction Industry Rules & Procedures - download, read, know. (Yes, it's long)
- I studied for about 3 months, and the last 3 weeks was basically non-stop study whenever I wasn't working or sleeping.
- Keep taking tests until you're completely confident in your PACE of q&a so you don't have to keep watching the clock while you're taking the real exam
- Re-read the contract, business structure, finance, employment lay, and taxation info AD NAUSEAM until you know it in your sleep. Just keep re-reading it until it's burned into your skull.
- When I was taking the test, there were a fair number of seemingly goofball or overly-easy thro-away questions designed (I believe) to distract. And there were a good bunch of numbers-based questions about profit margins and per square foot calc's that took a good bit of time. I finished in plenty of time. But it really helped me to know that my PACE of answering questions was solid so I wouldn't not run out of time.
Good luck to everyone getting ready for this test.
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