Recent Graduate - Study Advice

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    Joel Edwards

    Welcome! I suggest you use the search tool and look at the recommendations that several people have already posted. I also suggest joining “The ARE Facebook Group” on Facebook. Once you join, You will find a lot of good information on there as well using the search tool group’s page.

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    Marina Curac

    Hi Timothy! 

    Congratulations on your achievement and having a job during these times!
    Yes, this forum is an excellent starting point. I would encourage you to explore topics within Practice Management section, also look into the Young Architect Academy, the ARE Facebook group, etc. You will probably see that at the moment there is a lot of discourse about exam cancellations, but if you scroll through the history, you will see plenty of useful information. As far as Black Spectacles is concerned, I wouldn't invest money in it. If your company is paying for it, ok, but if not, don't sweat it. 
    Last month I recorder this video geared towards anyone who is looking into PcM. I hope you find it helpful: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooz7l07f0ac&t=49s

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    Timothy Cobo

    Thank you so much! That was very nice of you! I am going to watch it now

     

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    Since you just graduated from school, PjM may be a good starting point.

    This is because a lot of information for PjM you can learn by reading the study materials, especially a few important AIA forms. If you are good at reading and a good exam-taker, you can easily pass PjM. Besides, you do learn a lot by studying for PjM and reading the AIA forms, and it will help you perform better at work too.

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

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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    I would not recommend starting with PcM unless you are a person who prepares contracts at work.  The pass rate is 50% for that exam  Start with CE, it has the highest pass rate at 70%.  See this infographic for more info.  https://stepup-are.thinkific.com/pages/are-pass-rates-sequencing. Step Up has study groups for the AREs.

    It's really important to plan out your sequence, rather than just jumping in. Be strategic and play to your strengths.

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    Kirill Ryadchenko

    I agree with Gang Chen

    If you're preparing for your first exam I'd suggest PjM as well. This is the experience that most of professionals starting from. You're most likely worked on a project and were managed by Project Manger. Also you might have an experience working on the project from start to completion, so PjM would be the most intuitive and familiar entry point to ARE.
    While it is less likely that you have experience managing the practice just starting the profession. Also a lot of topics in PjM and PCM overlap, so I'd suggest to start with PjM and then switch to PCM.
    I took PCM as my first exam and failed. Then switched to PjM and passed. So if you're not very far along into preparing I'd suggest switching to PjM.
    Good luck.

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    Herman Nadal

    Congrats on graduating and welcome! This is a great place to learn from people who are going through (or have gone through) the process. PcM is good place to start in my opinion. It's where I started and I felt like PjM and then CE built upon it in a logical way. But honestly, as long as you're starting the process and are ready to learn the content for each exam, there's no wrong place to start. You got this.

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