I would highly recommend the Amber Book video bundle to anyone who wants to quickly and efficiently pass all the exams while learning important real world concepts that will actually help you in your practice! I only wish that I had found them before taking PcM and PjM because I honestly feel that I could have taken all of the exams back to back after studying this material for a month. Being a visual learner, it was incredible being able to watch the animations and diagrams while taking notes rather than pouring through text in endless study guides. Michael focuses on the larger concepts, while also taking care to explain and illustrate how things actually work. Thanks to him, I finally understand refrigeration!
His philosophy balances what you need to know for the exam with what you'll want to know in your practice and he explicitly attempts to teach you just enough to pass while not wasting your time inundating you with endless data. His genuine enthusiasm for the material is obvious as is his love of teaching. You really feel that you have a personal coach guiding you though the process.
Again, I can't say enough good things about the series. If I were to do it all over again I would make them the basis of my strategy from the beginning. Because there is so much overlap and redundancy in the exams, it makes total sense to study for all of them at once. Doing so using study guides exclusively seems almost impossible as there is just too much information out there. Michael distills it and makes it cohesive, linear and dare I say, enjoyable.
I would suggest supplementing by reading the code, the AIA base contracts, the FIMA documents that NCARB references and if you have it, the Ballast guide just to have a second source. But again, I believe that all exams can be passed back to back using the method exclusively for 4-6 weeks.
If you fail an exam (which I did) no worries! Schedule it again for next month and read a couple additional sources. At least you'll know that you didn't over study for all exams by memorizing a bunch of information you'll never actually need to know outside of the exams.
Best of luck!
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