Hope you are doing great in your exams- I've been studying PCM material since 1st join NCARB and start my journey since then, as I was reading a lot of posts about starting PCM as a first exam - and let me tell you something, I failed in my first two tries and this exam frustrated me since that time - I've decided to postponed it for a while, since last year, I decided to stop reading and switch to take another exam, but every time I decide to go back, I feel its overwhelming, because failing result not good motivation for anyone.
but guess what, I've decided to go back again and start over that study material again for PCM and now I'm preparing to take it soon.
My study material since when I failed at first and second was;
AHPP, I bought black spectacles practice exams, Law for architects, guide to turning designs into buildings by Paul Segal and did many practice exams from different sources, like ballast and kaplan for ARE4.0, watch some videos about financial problems and read recommended notes, reading many times for the AIA contracts AIA 101, B101, A201, A701, A702, A704, listen to Schiff Hardin lectures and many useful materials, including designer hacks practice exams, plus taking notes.
however, I'm second language exam taker, which i think will add one layer of struggle with exam content, but I feel its not so meting impossible to do it beside family commitments and work obligations - I keep motivate myself with this things until I get pass result and I'm sure that the only think keeps me reading and preparation for the exam and other exams too.
many told me I have to skip this exam and try another one, which may be good advice and should follow, but I don't know, I feel i need to beat that exam in one more try, if not i will try another one, just to give me some motivation in my process. I'm just stuck with PCM, may be because I already read this material and would love to go in deep until i pass which is not good sometime to stick with one exam keeps me fail and fail again.
my strategy now when I'm preparing for 3rd try is readying for PCM, PJM and CE at once as I have confident those package close to each other in content and adding CSI manual for my study materials and hopefully will give me more backup for the real exam.
I have foreign experience with wide range of projects, but this type of exam makes me feel sooo bad about myself.
wish me a good luck in this time and hopefully will get it done.
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