Passed Practice Management!
I have to agree with all who say "bite the bullet and schedule the exam" as a motivator to study - it helps so so much. Not gonna lie, it was a doozy. Here are a few take aways:
Testing from Home:
1. Get an ethernet cable, you want that good good connection.
2. If you're testing on a corporate-issued laptop, as I did, set up a meeting with IT to have them allow the ProProctor app bypass all the firewalls, it's the only way you'll get the app open!
3. Plan to have any kiddos, fur babies, or spouses out of the house while you test
4. Study where you're gonna test, if you can. Make it less scary :)
General Test Taking
1. Don't tell people exactly when you're going to take it, it just builds up pressure
2. Knock out the easy ones (the single choice ones) first. Skip the others unless you're sure
3. Try to not take the break, because the Case Study materials may be useful outside of the Case Study question set
4. Take the NCARB Demonstration exam so you can get comfortable with the user interface - the more familiar it is the less daunting it will be
How I prepared
1. AMBER BOOK, it lives up to the hype. Its not so much going to give the specifics, but will really nail in the concepts, which help you understand at a deeper level. **DEFINITELY GO ON THIS FORUM AND SIGN UP TO JOIN A GROUP TO ENROLL IN AB WITH A GROUP DISCOUNT!**
2. Know thy Main Contracts, Know the Parties roles in thy contracts, and be familiar with some of the names of the others
3. Familiarize yourself with risk management
4. Know thy financials - covered well in Amber book
5. TAKE PRACTICE TESTS
6. How I took notes on Amber Book: I basically made my own "video index" - for each chapter (which is typically a question video, a question, then the answer video), I wrote the number and the topic. That was priority one. Then, if I felt I needed to bone up on that subject, I would go back to that section and fill out the notes.
7. If you can focus for 3 hours a day after working full time, that's great. I can't, so capitalize when you have momentum and set reasonable goals for yourself. I set weekly goals to get through X chapters in a week. If I did it in less time, that was rewarding. Practice active recall, and talk yourself through all the things you can remember about a list of important subjects, and take care of yourself. You'll never find lasting worth in accomplishment, so be kind to yourself and remember that your value is not tied to your performance.
Good luck, and God's Speed!
If anyone else is looking for advice on the Practice Management exam, I made a video explaining the best study materials and how I passed the exam in one month. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/OTme7fsJBhw
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