There are a ton of these posts talking about resources at this point, but wanted to throw my two cents in!
I made an excel spreadsheet with the most common resources I found and their prices in case that helps anyone like me that spent hours researching what to study: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ftmoH-kMESscqHTKlcuua0QI7PxrycfJ4LRI2JBAn0A/edit?usp=sharing
The ones I ended up using are highlighted in yellow, and listed below:
Schiff Hardin Lectures
Hyperfine Architecture - Study Questions and Practice Exam
Young Architect Academy Videos
AIA Code of Ethics/ NCARB Code of Conduct
Law for Architects and Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings (only read a chapter or two of each, but they were useful giving another view)
I haven't seen many people talking about Hyperfine Architecture, which is the main reason for me making this post. Honestly, if you're like me and get overwhelmed easily trying to do independent study, this study question packet was the best thing EVER, especially for less than $40. Ben (the creator) made what is essentially a homework packet that gives you 5-7 questions to answer on every topic covered on the PcM exam. I would try to do an assignment every day, or two on the weekends when I got behind during the week. He provides the pages of the AHPP section, relevant 3rd party articles, Young Architect Video on that subject, and pages to read from additional books like Law for Architects. Approaching each topic (like Quality Control) one at time with multiple sources ensures you actually understand the reasoning behind why these issues are important to Architects.
That combined with the YA videos and Schiff Hardin Lectures made approaching the AHPP much more reasonable. I sat down and listened to the SH lectures while scrolling through his powerpoint and taking notes on the actual AIA contracts which I think made me actually retain the information rather than just listening to it on the way to work or while doing something else. The test on Hyperfine by Erik Walker was also extremely helpful, I found it more challenging than the actual test.
This is one of those tests where the more real-world examples and scenarios you go through, the more prepared you will be for the test. The YA videos where they walked through potential questions and two full case studies were also quite useful.
Designer Hacks practice questions was useful for checking what I still needed to study and pretty quick, but I wouldn't use them to measure the actual difficulty of the test.
Now off to take PjM in a few weeks... Good luck to anyone who is also on this crazy, stressful, test-taking journey :)
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