PcM and Pjm Same Time Recommendations

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    Iuliia Fomina

    Hello,

    Took PcM and PjM 2 months apart, passed both. I would recommend at least 2 weeks between the tests for 2 reasons.

    First, one may feel overwhelmed and tired of taking two tests too close to each other. It is important to give the exam all attention you have, and being tired is not part of a plan. Everyone is different, my point is just not to overestimate.

    Second, although there is 70% material overlap for these two exams, you still need time to switch the gears. PcM was heavy on financial management, quality control, office organization and project delivery (internal office operations) when PjM is all about the Project being built, charged for and altered through construction directives/change orders (everything outside the office). 

    P.S. ARE5.0 Practice Exams were great tool to patch up missed concepts/knowledge before exam. Also, I wish I took both Young Architect Academy PcM/PjM courses in the very beginning. I only spent 3 days on PjM course right before the exam, and I could see my calculations and 'what  is question really asking' strategy improved a lot. 

    Wish you best of luck.

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    Nuo Bu

    Hi Luliia,

    You mentioned you only spent 3 days on PjM course right before the exam. What study materials did you use for preparing the PjM?

     

    Thank you,

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    Iuliia Fomina (Edited )

    Hello Nuo,
    I may phrased the sentence wrong: I studied for PCM for a month with the last 2 weeks being the most intensive. I did not intend to make an impression that I just studied for 3 days and took exam.

    I studied Architect Handbook of Professional Practice using Wiley chart, went through designer hacks PcM questions, watched Hyperfine's videos on calculations, listened to Black Spectacles PcM review podcast on Spotify, read contracts with Schiff Hardin lectures. Then I used AiA ARE and ARE PPi phone apps together with Designer Hacks, ARE Practice exam and Practice Problems to train answering the questions by using exclusions (strikethrough answers you dont think fit in) and highlighting the key words.

    And ultimately, Young Architect Academy PjM course was a life savior 3days before the PjM exam: I just crammed all videos and tutorials which is not the best way to learn. Wish I was smarter and took PcM before going to the PcM exam, i think it would have made me more confident.

    I believe everything I did use was just enough to pass,I would not leave out anything described above except ARE PPI app - its charging you on monthly basis higher price than one time payment at AIA ARE app. Good luck, you can do it!

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    O Sherman

    Luliia, Congrats on passing! Can you tell me what is the Wiley chart you used for the Architect Handbook of Professional Practice? 

    Thank you!

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    Michelle Muhlbauer

    O Sherman, you can find the Wiley charts here:

    https://sganwdesign.com/2017/10/31/wiley-publishing/

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