How I Passed All Six Exams In Six Months (By Giving Up My Social Life And Desire To Have Fun)

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    Kelly Duignan

    Thanks for your post and congrats!

    I am going to be re-taking PcM (failed 2x) and PjM (failed 1x) in early March.  I'm starting to have anxiety about studying again since I failed the ones I previously took.  Do you (or anyone!) have any hints and tips about keeping yourself focused and not distracted on other things while you're studying?

    I'm interested in learning more about the Amber book.  Is it more of a course, or a study guide?

    Thanks!

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    Kelly Duignan

    Re: the Amber books/videos, do you think they would be particularly helpful if I am only focusing on PcM/PjM at the moment?

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    Bryan Toepfer

    The Amber Book is a series of video in four major categories. (Systems, Construction, Site, Professional Practice) It's done with animations and diagrams which really help explain the ideas. I passed both the Practice Management and Project Management exams with the Professional Practice videos, so yes I would definitely recommend them.

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    Tomasz Mlynarski

    Good job. I am also on track to finish the 6 exams in 6 months, with the last one coming up in 2 weeks.

    It has been hell. And you are absolutely accurate in that you need a min of 25hours of study a week to do it.

    To get through the tests you need to get through the materials that NCARB posts in the reference guide and that just takes TIME. I also used the study guide services you mentioned, and they are all worth the money.

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    Michelle NCARB

    Congrats Bryan!  Thanks for sharing your advice with the Community!

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    Kashfi Kalam

    Congratulations Bryan. Which exam do you recommend taking first? Please share your thoughts and idea.

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    Esra Ozcan

    Thanks Bryan for sharing your experience! Congrats on having your license. 

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    Bryan Toepfer

    Kashfi, I would recommend Practice and Project Management first. They are a good introduction into how the new ARE 5.0 format works and while most people have very little experience in the Practice Management content, they will have a decent grasp on Project Management. There is also a large amount of overlap between the two exams. (Construction and Evaluation is also grouped in with those exams usually) However, I would really recommend taking the exams in a "scattered" order. Many people recommend to group PjM, PcM and CE together, with PPD and PDD together and PA on its own. However, by alternating between these three exam groups you can really start building up your knowledge base, which is overwhelming and frustrating at first, but will get much easier if you stick with it. For example, while I did fail PPD at first, a lot of the content showed up on the following exams, which helped me pass them because I had prepared for PPD.

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    Kashfi Kalam

    This is very helpful, thanks for your suggestion Bryan!

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    Kelvin Ng

    This is very helpful, thanks for your suggestion Bryan!

    I am planning to start 2019. 

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