I passed PcM this morning. The exam was definitely not easy, I only had 5 mins to review a bunch questions at the end. Studied 94 hours for this one after passing PjM on March 18th. Due to the time crunch, I couldn't finish all the study material I planned to, but my list is as below:
- My ARE Boot Camp with Michael 10-week program ended on March 11th, that really helped me to realize how to study, how to take the test. Again I can't thank Michael enough for this invaluable eye-opening opportunity I got. After the Boot Camp, I joined all the meetups I could possibly attend, I love all the awesome discussion with my Boot Camp loving family. It feels good when you are not a lone wolf doing this.
- Young Architect Academy PcM 101 videos (I watched the AIA Contracts Meetup recording and two case studies videos last night with x1.75 speed until 1:30 am, don't do that to yourself)
- Ben's Hyperfine PcM-PjM Guided Study. Highly recommended. I did all the assignments every week when Ben released new content, but restudied every resource he listed after I hone in on the two exams. Also love his well explained videos. I rewatched them twice over the weekend.
- Eric's Walking the ARE 5.0 PcM Practice Exam. Highly recommended. I took the practice test yesterday at home, treated it like a real test. It was overwhelming with so much financial stuff, and I studied hardcore for the rest of the day to memorize all the formulas, also studied all the explanations of the questions I got correct.
- AHPP based on Michael's revised Wiley Chart. I unfortunately didn't have time to go through all of them based on his PcM chart, however, I did read all the C&E chart and PjM chart before. Plus, Ben's Hyperfine also listed some chapters from AHPP which I read them all.
- Designer Hacks. Do them every single day. I know a lot of people complained about how easy it is, but remember it's only a study tool for you to realize what part of the knowledge you are not familiar with, it's not to test how high your score is. The way I did is, I started doing it from Day 1 I study for an exam, I use 10Q until I get 100%, then move on to 25Q until I get 100%, then move on to 95Q. Every single day. As Michael said, it can also train your test taking speed. Let's all face it, time management is extremely important during the exam.
- Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings by Paul Segal. I heard people saying this book is too easy. I read this book before I go to bed in the last one week and half, it's easy but also good read, Paul Segal use layman terms to explain to you about architecture, which is kinda helping you to build a network in the brain.
- Ballast ARE 5.0 Review Manual. I read half way through for PcM, couldn't finish due to the time crunch.
- Ballast Practice Problems. Highly recommended. Some questions are fishy, so filter through them. I also did half way through due to the time crunch.
- Ballast Practice Exam. I wanted to use it but didn't have time.
March on (or should I say April on) to C&E!
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