PcM Failed

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    Nasheet Rumy

    Hi,

    I passed PCM. But i felt it was a very difficult exam. I could not finish.

    I highly recommend  Small firm management book for understanding calculations. I had tons of them in the exam.

    Also for calculations I found this online:

    https://network.aia.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=c1c84ab3-d0bf-42d4-bbc0-267d0da4c265

    Good luck next time!!

     

    Nasheet

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    Hang Cho (Edited )

    Time management is very important - finish & review with enough time saved for case study!!!

     

     

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    Peter Mall

    I passed PcM last week on the first try - I used similar study materials as described in numerous threads and above: Ballast 5.0 materials, AHPP 15th edition ($20 PDF, study guide per Wiley), AIA contracts (provided with AHPP), AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (free from AIA), Schiff Hardin Lectures (free downloads), Designer Hacks ($40 per division).

    I won't tell you the exam was easy, I won't say that study materials covered all questions. But I will say that the study materials armed me with the knowledge necessary to pass the exam. As stated in the ARE handbook, the exams avoid the use of "remember" questions, much is "analyze/evaluate" and "understand/apply". Math is part of our daily jobs, often times requiring the architectural professional to infer dimensions or cost through the given information. Think beyond the questions and problems at hand. Often times the solution isn't as complicated as you think. Ask yourself: what is at the heart of the question? what exactly are they asking? what kind of specific solution are they looking for?

    Yes, I believe I would pass again if I retook today.

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    William May

    A recent comment from a recent person who passed the tests suggested to "Buy more study materials and study more." to pass the tests.

    As for passing the test if you retook it today - hmm, no way to dispute your claim.

    But, congrats, a pass is a pass.  But if I were you, I'd make sure my E & O is paid up.  I don't recommend you infer too often.

    Oh and how the heck did you pass but not finish?

    Congrats on passing even though you didn't finish.

    Do you think you would pass if you took the test again?

    I'll take all the luck I can get. 

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    Nasheet Rumy

    Hi William,

    Not sure, very hard to answer that if I would pass again. I had 2 questions left of the case study. I also did not buy all the materials. I borrowed from the library. You can also buy cheaper pdf versions.

    Good luck!

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    Nasheet Rumy

    Hi William,

    Not sure, very hard to answer that if I would pass again. I had 2 questions left of the case study. I also did not buy all the materials. I borrowed from the library. You can also buy cheaper pdf versions.

    I also did not use too many 3rd party materials. Only used ballast and designer hack.You can do w/o them IMO.

    Good luck!

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    Peter Mall

    Hey William,

    As far as I can tell there is no correlation between the amount of money spent on study materials and pass/fail rate.

    Yes, the exams require you to use reasoning (deductive, inductive, inferences, etc.) to analyze and evaluate the questions along with available answers, you will need to understand and apply material from your studies.

    Example:

    If A + B = 100 and A = 60 then B = 40. If B is comprised of 2xC than C = 20. Which means Cx5=100.

    If all architects are human, and Mable is an architect, its safe to say she is a human. However, not all humans are architects. Also, if Hank isn't an architect, there is still no way to conclude that he is indeed a human.

    Wish you all the best!

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    Jorge Ollervides (Edited )

    Hello Elaine

    I took the test last Friday and failed too. I used the same study materials and bought BlackSpectacles too. The practice tests I took from Designer Hacks and BlackSpectacles are far easier than the actual test. I tried to fly through the questions to have more time for the Case Studies but I could not, I had to re-read the questions to comprehend exactly what I need. I finished all questions with 5 seconds left on the clock and no breaks. From the 4 sections that the test has, I got level 2 score in two of the sections, and level 3 score in the other two sections, that mean I might have not been too far from passing. I can tell you that, I had no experience in PcM, and I only gave myself 1 month to study, if I had given myself 2 more weeks, I would have pass it. I learned a lot.

    Don't feel frustrated, you will get it next time, as I will pass it next time myself. By now, I will study for PjM, because it looks like overlaps, and the knowledge from PcM is still fresh.

    Best of luck, and thank you all for your input, they all are valuable! 

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    Elaine Wong

    Hey Jorge

    Happy to hear that I am not the only one out there. I have just checked my score ad out of the 4 sections, I got a 1,2,3,4 out of the 4 sections which I guess I am missing certain things. I am with you, I have no experience with PcM espeically with the calculations, I did though I failed it but I got a 2 in the financial sections. Did you study full time? 

    Thank you, you are on a good page! Good luck as well! I would like to ask what are your next step for this? Would you go back to use BS or would you use other materials? I am also Ballast's booklet but am thinking of using Amber's book. 

     

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    Hang Cho

    Elaine & all

    I failed PcM last week with 3 - lvl3 & 1-lvl2 schedule to retake 5/28 right after PjM 5/25.

    Here is very good link I found out & hope it help !!!

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360015375454-HALF-WAY-THERE-Passed-PjM-PcM-CE

     

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360020464653

    Keep in touch !!!😁

     

     

     

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    Jorge Ollervides

    Hello Elaine

    I am changing a little bit my strategy. I actually woke up at 4:30am this morning, to start studying for PjM at 5am Black Spectacles, I studied for about 90 minutes. I will study 1 or 2 hours in the afternoon again. I have been reading through the forum and is true, PcM and PjM content overlaps in a good portion, so I still have fresh the PcM information in my head. I only took 4 days off from study to "detox" a little bit.

    I will keep studying AHPP, Ballast review manual - practice problems - practice exam, Designer Hacks only for the free practice tests, I will listen again Schiff Hardin lessons, but this time with contracts on my hand, Brightwood only for get familiar with the content (reality is that Brightwood only scratches the surface).

    I will take a practice test every week from BS and Designer Hacks to see where my weak spots are. English is my second language, so I need to get familiar with the questions again, because I spent too much time reading carefully the questions in the test that, I finish the last one when the time was almost up, I could not review any question.

    I am thinking in schedule the PjM test 2 weeks in advance, so I calculate that, I should take the test by the end of April.

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    Jorge Ollervides

    Hang

    Thank you very much for the link with the information you are sharing, is invaluable.

    Is going to help me to add to the information I have.

    Thanks

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