I just recently passed PjM on the first try with two months of studying (not including the break I took for the holidays). All of the posts on here really helped me know what to study for Project Management so I wanted to share what I found most helpful.
1. My company has the Brightwood books and flashcards for our use, so I read through the material and did the practice quizzes in there first. I thought it was good to start with this because it's a good overview of the material that will be on the tests. Then I could go back and study something more in depth after the fact if I didn't fully understand. I will say the chapter quizzes were overall much easier than the exam.
2. Listen to the Hanahan lectures. I didn't allot enough time for these in my study schedule because they range from 1.5-3 hours but some of them are very valuable! If you only have time for a couple, definitely listen to the lectures on the contracts. It's easier to listen to someone talk through something than reading the contracts and trying to absorb the information on your own. There were multiple times in the exam where I could remember the answer directly because of the lectures.
3. Read the AHPP based on the Kevin Griendling outline. I actually only got through the chapters he marked as required (I ran out of time), but it was at least the second time I was reading the content because I started with the Brightwood books.
4. I paid $40 for the Designer Hacks practice exam. At the time, I thought it was valuable to take a practice exam but now I'm not sure that it's worth paying for. For example, on the Designer Hacks exam, about 2/3 of the questions were "select all that apply" where you check 3-4 of the answers. This gave me a lot of anxiety since those are more difficult to get right but on the actual exam, it was a significantly less proportion of questions. Also it did not have any case study questions. I did realize a few areas I needed to review more heavily but don't assume that the test will be structured similarly.
5. I did listen to a few episodes of the Architect Exam Prep podcast but that was more helpful in terms of test taking strategies than content itself. If you can fit this in while driving, at work, etc. then it can help your mindset on the exam. Specifically I listened to episode 31, 37 and 40, since they seemed most applicable.
My biggest piece of advice is about the case studies - don't assume that all of the questions are pulling from your knowledge bank. A question may ask about a contract or a code and at first I would answer it based on memory. It took me a little bit to realize that most of the questions can be answered directly from the documents they provide. These can be EASY questions if you have time to find the information in the documents.
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