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    Caitlin Torrance

    Unfortunately there is no hard and fast answer. Some people study an hour each day and 4-5 hours on the weekend for about a month and are good to go, I personally put in about triple that, but I also know that while I read, learn, and understand quickly and easily, it takes me longer than most others to retain and recall information. I need that extra repetition.

    I would suggest spend some time researching your materials and plan what and how you want to study. Do a trial week and see what works. If 2 hours per night (plus a break) is reasonable, that's a good place to start. If that's too much then pull back the daily duration and increase the number of weeks you study.

    Good luck! Hopefully others with have other methods to try so you can find what works for you.

     

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    Mark Baker

    Yeah, this is a tough question that has many factors involved.

    I personally studied about 2 hours 3 nights a week, and then a solid 6 -8 hours on the weekends for about 2 months.  Then I took the exam, and I passed.

    Do you prefer to READ the material, or take quizzes?  Are you a skimmer for key topics or a flahs card studier?  How much exposure to Practice Management do you have?  Are you good at accounting and resource management?

    You have to do what feels right for you.

    Practice Management is LARGELY the Handbook of Professional Practice and Law for Architects.  As well as the AIA contract documents. 

    my answer: TWO MONTHS :-)

    my coworkers answer was two weeks

    Mark, Archizam

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    Kathryn O'Regan

    My approach has been to review the sample items and references in the Handbook and identify weak areas first.  Then write myself a loose schedule of what to study and how long I think I might need. e.g. for PcM, I felt pretty confident in the business, staff resources, and financials because our firm is pretty transparent with financials.  I don't have a ton of experiences in project delivery methods so I set aside about 2hrs per contract to review and understand, and a weekend to really dive into the Arch Handbook of Prof Practice. I also spent the better part of a day on the Code of Ethics because this was honestly my first exposure to it (I work in an engineering firm).  So think 2 months or less is adequate if you set aside at least a few hours per week and then maybe 4-6 on the weekends.

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    Complete the NCARB sample questions or another set of mock exam for the ARE exam you are preparing for NOW without ANY studying. See what percentage you get right. If you get 68% right, you should be able to pass the real exam without any studying. If you get 50% right, then you just need 18% more to pass.

    This “truth-finding” exam or exercise will also help you to find out what your weakness areas are, and what to focus on, and how many hours you need to study to pass the division.

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

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    Devina Parbhoo

    Depending on how much free time you have, you can study for about 1 month and pass.
    I made a YouTube video with my tips and sample schedule for the Practice Management exam. I have given this advice to 20+ friends and colleagues and they have all passed. Hopefully this helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTme7fsJBhw

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