PJM Pass on 1st try - Test Taking Tips

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    Tyrone Bunyon

    Mara,

    Once you are in the bookmark button / sections can you use the search bar to search just within those sections?

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    Gang Chen

    Very good tips, especially this one "Don't underestimate using the ARE 5.0 handbook as a study material."

    I'd add:

    After each test, you will know the real ARE questions are very, very similar to those in the  ARE 5.0 handbook.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Vincent Yan

    thanks for the tips, but just need a few clarifications!

    1. how did you know what parts to read in the AHPP, and did it help?

    2. when you guys are referring to the ARE Handbook 5.0 are you talking about the 12 sample questions? and to the extent of the math problem questions, are you saying the handbook provides enough substance to study?

    3. for fee calculations, is there any study material that can help expand it more?

    4. for project schedules, is there any study material that can help expand it more?

    Sorry for the many questions, this will be my first test and i wan to make sure i pass too!

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    Mara Celina Caoile

    Tyrone - I'm not sure about that. I've never tried it before!

    vy - 

    1. i referred to this for AHPP chapters to read: http://narmourwright.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/AHPP15e_ARE5_PjM.pdf

    2. Yes, this handbook: https://www.ncarb.org/sites/default/files/ARE5-Handbook.pdf there are a couple of sample questions here that are pretty similar to the ones i encountered on the test, so yes i think it provides enough substance in terms of getting you to understand the big concepts. i found that once you have a grip on the big concepts, whether it's the math related questions or the contracts, that you will find the test to be quite simple.

    3. for fee calculations i actually referred to the Amber book a little bit. But if anything the sample question on the handbook got me closer to understanding the questions I had on the exam.

    4. for project schedules, i don't think i really used anything directly, but mostly went off of my personal experience working on projects. not sure how much PJM experience you have in real life, but looking at your own project schedules and getting familiar with how they work is a good start. i think also understanding the basics of how long typically are each design phase helps too. in the end, i found those questions to be more of a critical understanding and simple logic if anything.

    hope this helps! and good luck!

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    Tyrone Bunyon

    Thanks! This helps a lot. 

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    Sayd Ghoreishi

    I wonder how many hour studies is needed to pass this test on the first try?

     

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    Gang Chen

    Every person is different, but on average you need about forty to eighty hours to prepare for each ARE division. You need to set a realistic study schedule and stick with it. Make sure you allow time for personal and recreational commitments. If you are working full time, my suggestion is that you allow no less than two weeks but NOT more than two months to prepare for each ARE division. You should NOT drag out the exam prep process too long and risk losing your momentum.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Brent Bumbaca

    This was very good advice, thanks for sharing. It helped me pass the test.

    Just as test taking strategies for these exams.

    1. I think it really helps me to skip to the case studies first. They are harder to do in a rush and having to go through the documents used in the case studies can be a nice refresher for the other questions.

    2. Skip the math questions and do them last. I found that doing the math related questions back-to-back helps keep momentum going while you are taking the exam.  

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    Tyrone Bunyon

    I just PASSED PJM a couple of weeks ago. This advice was very helpful. Defiantly skip all math questions to the end. Skip all long questions for that matter. Answer something then come back to it. I like working up to Case Studies but I think the best strategy is to go through case studies first as they tend to take a lot of brain power.  Do what works for you but the only way to do that is to KNOW BEFORE you take the exam and do many practice tests.  

    Lastly if you are interested in doing AMBER BOOK email me at tbunyonjr@gmail.comI want to get enough people together to get the dropped rate from $395 to $195 but we need 6 people. 

    Tyrone

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    Veronica Ruiz

    Thank you everyone!! I'm having this one in 3 weeks

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