Just wanted to share some thoughts about the PcM test.
Black Spectacles Videos
Ballast Book with Practice Exam
Schiff Harden Lectures
AIA Contracts (A101, A201, B101)
Black Spectacles videos gave a great, general overview that reinforced or introduced points in the Ballast Books or AHPP. AHPP is going to be your best friend for this exam. Yes, its horribly boring, but there's a lot of information in that book that you won't find other places. The Case Studies they go over are also very helpful in understanding how concepts work.
The Ballast Book helped supplement the material in AHPP. Since the section of the Ballast book for this test is so short, I read it all first to get myself acquainted with the concepts then moved into reading AHPP. DO THE PRACTICE PROBLEMS AND PRACTICE EXAM. These are the closest thing you'll get to the actual test. I found the questions to be a little easier than the ARE, but if you understand the concepts of the question and why they chose a specific answer, you'll be ok.
I read the AIA contracts on my lunch, and then I listened to the Schiff Harden Lectures the week before my test as a refresher.
I also participated in an ARE prep course put on by my local AIA chapter where we discussed the concepts and we could ask questions and get clarification.
As far as study time, I would study on my lunch and then about an hour at night during the week. On the weekends I studied between 5-7 hours.
Remember, leave some time to enjoy your week/weekends. If you get burnt out on studying, you won't pass.
Good luck, All!
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