Any good sources for PJM?



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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    For PjM the best resources are the AIA documents listed in NCARB handbook. There are a few important AIA forms you need to focus on. You just need to know what to focus on: You just think like an architect, and focus on what I should do if I am an architect. You need to read the AIA forms quite a few times to really understand digest the information.

    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.

    The AIA forms are a major part of PjM and a few other divisions.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (

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    Hans-Christian Karlberg (Edited )

    Hi Won. If it's any help, I enjoy listening to Michael Hanahan lecture series and Kevin Griendling's videos on Pluralsight. For me, these are helping to wade through some of the provisions in the contract documents. Hanahan describes relevant real world anecdotes while describing the provisions, and Griendling helps situate relevant articles that are important in the exam. I recommend sitting down and following these with intent and with the sample PDFs open, as opposed to listening while jogging (for example).

    These don't cover all the contract documents, but only the most important. 

    For quiz resources, I just received the books below (PPI, Ballast) in the post and they are much more sophisticated than Archiprep. Though Archiprep is good (and fun) for refreshing some definitions or testing your knowledge on terms. I also have a Brightwood study guide, but these below feel more comprehensive. The PPI Ballast videos, conversely, seem more cumbersome than simply reading the online review manual. That's just my personal opinion when listening to the voices.

    I recommend these titles for quizzes.

    - ARE 5.0 Practice Questions, 2nd Edition. (PPI2PASS, David Kent Ballast)

    - ARE 5.0 Mock Exams, 2nd Edition. (PPI2PASS, David Kent Ballast)

    Others on the forum have mentioned that these are more complicated than in the exam, but I'd rather be over-prepared than under-prepared.


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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Read the AHPP, the section called Project Delivery. I'd also study the AIA contracts A101, B101 and the A201. Hanahan lectures are good for understanding these, if you haven't had much professional exposure to the contracts in practice. I used a 3rd party practice exam provider. It wasn't one of the ones you mentioned though. The demonstration exam (accessed from inside your NCARB) is the best practice exam, but NCARB doesn't give you the answers, so you have to look them up.  Attached is a pic of how to access the demonstration exam, in case you're unsure.  Ballast is a solid option, in my opinion for mock exams, but I didn't use theirs for this exam specifically.  I'd also read the section in the Ballast Exam Review book for PjM.  Best wishes and keep studying!

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