Happy to say I finally passed this exam on my third try this past Thursday! I took PjM in early March and failed, and after some disappointment and taking a short break I got back to studying.
I studied between 20-25 hours per week, for 4 weeks total. Some days it was just an hour or two, but would make it up the next day. Any days I had off I would try to study 4-6 hours, days I was working I tried to study for 2-3 hours.
Although I did sprinkle in some 3rd party study materials, my MAIN study materials this time around were the AHPP, AIA Contracts and previous notes I had taken on study guides.
- AHPP, 15th Edition: I have studied these material quite a bit, so a lot of this for me was reviewing and really getting to understand concepts and things that may have been tripping me up. This was like the 4th time I was reading AHPP, so this time I just stuck with reviewing the Wiley Guide for PjM, I made notes as I read along.
- AIA Contracts: I studied all of the ones listed in the Handbook Matrix, the IPD ones seem like they have a lot of overlap with the others listed so I didn’t dive into them too deep. I took a ton of notes on these.
- Schiff Hardin lectures: I listened to the 2019 lecture series where the 2017 contracts are referenced (A201 and B101 episodes). These lectures are awesome and I am so thankful they are available. I took a lot of notes on this.
- Amber Book: A week before my exam, I decided to sign up for the Amber book, which was a very welcome break from reading and change in materials for me.
- Ballast: I read through Ballast to help me review what the exam content was about. Went through the practice exams and studied them as well.
- Black Spectacles: I watched some of the PjM videos available on YouTube while studying for this exam, but not as much as I had done before.
- DesignerHacks: I used the long practice tests 2 or 3 times while studying for PjM.
- Pluralsight: I did not use Pluralsight for studying this time.
WHAT HELPED ME
- I tightened up my other study guides, materials and charts I made for myself and tried to get some clarity about things that were tripping me up. Creating my own guides helped me figure out how I learn best and was helpful to understand when I went to review later.
- It has been incredibly difficult for me to find anyone to study for these exams with. In February-ish, I found a virtual study group via this forum (hi!) while I was studying for PjM then. We met each week to discuss different topics and contracts. Talking through problems and creating questions for each other was really helpful.
Each time I’ve taken this exam, it feels like the first portion takes FOREVER, and then I breeze through the Case Studies. I felt more confident going through the first portion this time, but some questions were really tricky and I felt like I had to carefully dissect each word. There is a particular question I have gotten on this exam every time I have taken it and I think I will never understand how to do it.
I’m onto taking CE at the end of July and really hope that I don’t have to try 3 times for a pass for that one as well!
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