PcM, PjM, CE Passed!

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    Christopher Kiefer

    What a great post! It’s exactly the kind of post that makes the community so helpful for everyone. 

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    ARTA YAZDANSETA (Edited )

    Hi Micheal,

    Your post is incredibly helpful! Thank you for the time and effort you have put into this post to help the rest of us. 

     

     

     

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    Michael Lawson

    I'm glad I can help in some small way. I know I wasn't specific on exam content, but that is because I think the NCARB Handbook is sufficient in covering the bases. Good luck on all your prep! 

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    Michael Smith

    Michael,

    Besides the above listed resources you listed above, did you use Kaplan/Ballast as Tatyana states for her study guide? In addition, for the BS I'm assuming you did the monthly subscription for the Pro. I'm going to start studying PcM starting Monday and use your suggested methods. Did you study PcM, PjM and CE one at a time?

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    Michael Lawson (Edited )

    I used Brightwood (which I think is part of Kaplan if I understood it correctly) for PjM, and skimmed it for CE. I didn't think it was a particularly helpful source, especially if it were my only resource. As an extra, it helped marginally to reinforce concepts I had gotten elsewhere. 

    My Black Spectacles subscription is "Premium," I think, so I have access to videos and practice tests, but not flash cards or their "Practical Applications" videos. I had access to those for a trial and did not think they were very helpful. There is a free app on Android and probably iPhone called Quizlet that I use. Apparently loads of ARE takers use it too, because they have shared their flashcards, so I referenced those every once in a while. I didn't use flash cards much though. 

    I didn't study for all three at the same time specifically, but the resources overlap. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice has content for all three exams, so if you're reading it, you're learning things that will be pertinent to other exams. I should emphasize that they are not testing the same things, the subjects are quite different.

    That said, with the overlap, once you read the AHPP using some of the guides for PcM, you can then focus your review of the book for PjM or CE. The same can be said for the Hanahan lectures, listen to them all for PjM, but for PjM and CE, hone in on the subjects that are more pertinent to those exams. I did end up taking CE 5 days after PjM, but I don't necessarily recommend that. 

    Good luck studying! 

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    Michael Smith

    Thank you for the good feedback. 

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    Michael Smith

    Michael,

    I took two (2) practice BS exams and did horrible but what it did show was that I approved in previous sections. I still have this upcoming week then my exam is on Monday. The BS questions are quite challenging, but it also shows me where I need to improve. I plan to take probably the remaining two before Monday. I tend to go back and review the sections from the questions that I got wrong and continue to read and understand the concepts. Any thoughts?

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    Michael Lawson

    Don't let the stress get to you. I know the scores can be intimidating, but stress can do really rough things to you as well. Try to focus on the areas you know you need work, and don't let a number from Black Spectacles worry you. I would also use what they say you need work on as a guide more than a strict law to follow; each time I took a practice test, I did worse in some areas and better in some areas, but I knew where I was weak from a gut feeling. 

    I personally found the BS practice tests quick enough to take on a weeknight, so if you have time, I'd recommend taking at least one more, but your strategy might be different too. 

    Best of luck! 

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    Michael Smith

    Michael,

    I took PcM today for my first test and I got a Preliminary Fail. I found myself stumbling on a lot of questions, thinking too myself did I even read that. I used the ARE Handbook as a guide of what to study and I studied those items. I put in about 20+ hours a week since Jan. Today, I take a break and tomorrow I'm back at it while the information is still fresh. I'm thinking about studying for PjM and take in Mid-April (about 1 month) then CE. Thoughts, on which one I should take next? Any suggestions will help.

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    Michael Lawson

    Hey Michael, sorry to hear about PcM, but don't be discouraged. I don't think it is unreasonable to forge ahead to PjM, as you have likely already at least glanced at most of the material for that test. I'd highly recommend looking up the Schiff-Hardin lectures if you haven't and dive deep into the contacts. That should set you up nicely for PjM with the AHPP, which all leads into CE. Don't forget they are very different tests though. Keep referring to the ARE handbook to see the differences in how they refer to the different tests. Best of luck!

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    Michael Smith

    Michael,

    Yes, I do have the Schiff-Hardin lectures and I will print out the contracts that are listed for PjM on the ARE handbook. I did notice at the other posts were discussing conversions. Do you have an outline for PjM or remember another post that had a good outline for PjM. I'm going to print out Tatyana study guide for this section. I start back studying today.

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    Michael Lawson

    The Tatyana guide is definitely good, but other than the AHPP and the lectures, there's not much else I'd recommend really studying heavily. Black Spectacles was pretty ok for PjM, but not as essential as the others

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