I finally got my first pass (prelim pass) yesterday for PCM! I had to read the screen twice to be sure.
Some history: I attempted PA twice and failed and decided to take the exams in the other direction. For PCM I started studying in January and planned on taking it in March but due to the previous fails I felt scared of failing again, so I kept holding off until finally taking it yesterday. I'm just glad I have this first pass so I can have a bit more confidence for the next ones.
What I studied: I used pluralsight's AHPP sections to study. I studied the essential chapters. I just read them without taking notes because it's really A LOT of reading. I kept putting off scheduling the test until I finished reading the handbook.
I listened to Schiff Hardin's lectures for B101 and A201. For B101 I wrote down notes while reading through the contracts as he was speaking, The morning of the test I listened to his lecture on B101 one more time while reading through those notes.
I read the ballast chapter on PCM after finishing the sections needed on AHPP to refresh my memory. Compared to AHPP reading this was really quick.
I watched the Pluralsight videos this past Friday/Saturday morning. They really did help. They mentioned some things I didn't even think would be on the exam, and they actually were. I also watched the black spectacles video when I first started studying, just to understand the topic.
I took black spectacles, ballast, and designer hacks practice exams. I took these over and over and studied whatever I was weakest at.
I used Narmour Wright's AHPP guide to reread sections where I was weakest. http://narmourwright.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/AHPP15e_ARE5_PCM.pdf
And most importantly, something I kept doing in practice tests and likely in PA which helped lead to failure, I stopped second guessing my answers, if I doubted an answer I gave, I made sure there was a concrete reason to change it.
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