PASSED PcM, what I think will help some.

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    NR

    Wow !! Congrats to you! looks like you put a lot of effort and hours of studying. Mine is coming up , looking at your extensive studying it is making me a bit nervous. 

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    SYLVIA PAWLOWSKI

    Note, I wrote I'm indicating what I think should be studied, not what I actually did. I ran out of time and didn't get to study everything that I wanted, which is why I wasn't confident.  I did a lot while working and having it play in the background. This should help in catching up on material. 

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    Michael Riscica

    Congratulations Silvia!!! It was a pleasure to get to know you this weekend! PcM is a hard test and you were very thorough with your studying. Keep up the hard work. We'll get there.

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    Ashley Armbrustmacher

    Congratulations Sylvia! Lots of good info here! If you’re willing to share, I would love to hear the tips about reading the questions/pulling the clues from them that you learned at the Young Architects workshop or if you know where I may be able to find them. I think this would be beneficial for me as I recently took PcM (first ARE test for me) and failed. Congrats again!

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    SYLVIA PAWLOWSKI

    Thanks Ashley,

    Since I had the first-test-fail experience, I think it's one of those things that it's part of the process, unfortunately.  If the general pass rate is 50%, it's expected to actually fail 5 times (6 exams, fail 3, round 2, 3 exams, fail 1.5 = 10.5) since the average is based on total exams taken, not only first time test takers.  I know, that's a hard thing to hear, but at the same time, it prepares you to not be so defeated when it happens, or at least I'm trying to convince myself of that.

    As for the questions. Young Architects simply just said you can find clues in the questions... they didn't have any specific clues.  This is also the case in some other 3rd party resources.  If there's 4 out of 6, look for the 4 that are most similar to each other, or look for the 2 that are wrong vs looking for the 4 that are right.  Other things are points I remember from the Schiff Hardin lectures, he really states many things repeatedly.

    The other thing I strongly suggest to anyone during the Case Studies. Read the question before you dive into the Case study content.  Often I don't even go to a resource that they provide because the questions I got on my version of the test didn't need that particular resource.  This really helps with time, since I struggled with timing on my first PA exam.

    I hope this helps. Good luck! 

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    Altagracia Martinez Soto (Edited )

    Congratulations Silvia!!! I am extremely satisfied and more than happy you were able to handle to pass PcM test.  This is a really hard test, specially for those not dealing with office management and paper work in the office. It was really nice to meet you during the YoungArchitect and AIA Tampa Bay workshop this ended weekend... maintain your hard work and consistency, you will receive the prize. Esther Martinez

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    SYLVIA PAWLOWSKI

    Thanks Esther! It was great to meet you. Sorry for all my frustrating questions! It was really helpful though and I appreciate you taking the time to help others out while I'm sure you have exams to study for as well. One day we will have our lives back.

     

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