I took my Practice Management exam on Saturday and passed it. I've been studied for this division on and off for about eight weeks. I'm a slow reader, and English is my second language, so this division is kinda pain in the ass for me. Here's the materials I have used and experience I want to share -
AHPP - I read through chapter 1, 5, 7, 9, 16 twice carefully, and skimmed through chapter 3, 8, 10, 15, 17. AHPP is no doubt a lot of text. To be efficient, my suggestion is to think about a scenario when you read through those text. For example, business types, try to think about under what circumstance will a practice choose one certain business type over other ones, what is the priority and what is the main concern. In this way you can understand and memorize those info more efficiently without taking notes.
AIA Documents - B101, A201, C401. The handbook only requires B101 and C401, but I read the A201 anyway just to get a better understanding of the context. My suggestion is when you're reading, try to think about why a certain clause is written the way it is, what and how does it protect us as architects from liability, what if the owner/consultant want to change some wording. Think critically as you can.
Pluralsight Lectures - Total 4 hours long and covers a lot of basic information and introduction. I think it's totally worth watching. It also covers some calculation that I found it useful and very close to the real exam questions.
AIA Code of Ethics and NCARB Model Rules of Conduct
Ballast Practice Exam - I did the mock-up exam last minute by looking at the questions and looking at the answers directly. In this way you can see how the question really want you to think. They have a lot of long scenario questions, and it's pretty close to the real exam.
Real Exam - As people mentioned again and again, time is pretty tight. So for the multiple choices, I always read the question first, skim through the choices, and go back to read the scenario/description, then pick the answer. I spent 1:30 on the multiple choices and left 1:15 for the case study. It turns out some questions of the case study take 10 sec to answer while others take 5 min. Leave the complicated ones at last, or just ditch it. In most case, all the questions in the case study relate back to the materials they provide, even though some questions look like a common sense, they're really not.
I think that's pretty much all I have. You're welcome to add on to it, or if you have questions, just let me know. Good luck!
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