PJM Pass! Amber Book Highly Recommended!

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    Kelly Duignan

    Hi Ivette,

    Could you describe a little bit more about the content for PjM that the Amber Book has?  I am retaking PjM next week and am really hoping for a pass, I got the impression that the Amber Book was better suited for PPD/PDD so I kind of shied away from it, but would love to hear what you thought!

    - Kelly

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  • This was my second round too. There’s a lot of content out there that may show up in one or two stupid questions. What I liked about the Amber Book is that it’s succinct. It focuses on what you Really need to understand, and forget the confusing minutiae. In this version of the exam most of my questions were focused on calculations of hours, fee, and different scenarios. Amber exercises obligates you to do Calcs which I feel were very useful It’s only 7 hours of video. I would say subscribe for a month and take PJM but also definitely take PPD or PDD on that month also if those are on your list...

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    Kelly Duignan

    Thanks Ivette.  My next exam is actually CE at the end of July.  Have you taken CE at all and/or do you think the Amber book could also be a helpful resource for that?

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  • Yes, Amber is good for all divisions, in my opinion...

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    Olga Islentieva

    I just fail PjM and PcM month earlier :-(

    I did read the contracts, studied with YoungArchitectsAcademy.com, Designers Hacks and little of Black Spectacles... I really did well on practice exams ( over 85%-90%) now I am really confused ! and not even sure what to try or what to continue...Help?!

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  • I totally understand your frustration. I went through the same with PDD. I did very well on the Black Spectacles practice exam but failed the actual test. The advice I got from Michael Ermann was to re-schedule as soon as allowed, watch the Amber Book videos and take the exam again... Don’t overthink it. Just try again ASAP... Keep at it!

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    Amanda Swetman

    Is the book worth it at all without the videos? and do they physically mail you the book?

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    Tyrone Bunyon

    I believe the book alone is very good material. However if you have a couple tests already scheduled then I would do the videos for a month then cancel. I did that. They were good about canceling the very next day. No funny business. 

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    Michael Ermann

    We created the book to support the video course, so while the book has some value on its own, per hour of your time, you're much better off with the full video course (which includes a hard copy of the book mailed to your house). And yes, we NEVER want to take anyone's money after they decide their done.--Michael Ermann, Amber Book Creator.

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    amy habeeb (Edited )

    Amber books are the best!! I have taken a few exams and failed them all but without the Amber Videos i know i wouldn't have even been close. The videos are expensive but great quality and actually funny and interesting. Compare to other videos or study materials,  they are hands down great. But you should study all materials as stated before by others, i tried with only Amber and failed miserably. :)

    Also i really appreciate they are flexible and allow subscribers to stop or go the memberships as needed, so they are very flexible for the future architect on a budget.

    Thanks Mr. Ermann (swoon)

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    SHI GUO

    I liked Amber books/videos as well!  Helped me through PPD/PDD. 

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