Thought I'd share tips for how I managed to pass PjM on my second try. I was much more methodical this time around with creating a study schedule, investing in study resources, and being honest with myself with what I didn't know. Hopefully the tips below help some other people! On to PcM...
- If you don't have the print copy, print out the entire ebook pdf version of AHPP (it's cheaper, and there's a free version out there somewhere). I found it easier to make notes, flag pages, and retain info when it was printed out in front of me. Make sure to pick up a 4” 3 ring binder and hole punch the pages. If you feel bad about using too much of your companies paper and ink, print out sections at a time over the course of a few days. The Wiley study guide confused me, so I studied the sections Pluralsight recommends.
- If you’re too tired to study one day after work, take the night off. There were days when I was fighting to keep my eyes open because I needed to get in a few more pages of AHPP, or listen to BS, but you never retain the information being that worn out. Just take the night off, get a good sleep, and pick up the next day.
- Create a study schedule, and block out days you know you won’t have time to study. It’s ok to skip a day if you have prior plans, just make sure to build these into your schedule so you don’t get behind in studying. Also think about building in days off to accommodate for the previous bullet point. Write in what you're going to study each day, and choose a realistic test date based on this. Let me know if anyone would be interested in seeing my schedule.
- Practice tests. The practice tests I took for PjM were BS, WeARE, and the free designerhacks. Can’t recommend BS practice tests enough. They’re great for practicing with the testing format, and it covered a broad range of topics, with specificity. WeARE surprised me because they were challenging. Gets you to think about some of the one-off questions that NCARB may throw at you
- Schiff Hardin lectures. I built a full week into my study schedule to listen to lectures 6,7,10,11a,11b,12 and write notes on the sample contracts. Write down timestamps next to each article so you can refer back to sections later because these are very long. Then the week before my exam, I picked out the articles I knew I struggled with based on my practice exams, and relistened to these sections (this is where the timestamps helped).
- Hyperfine PjM/PcM Study assignments. Got this with the Financial workbook because I knew I’d need it for PcM. I struggled so much with the financial side the first time I took the test, and this workbook made it much clearer.
- ARE Study Guide podcast for quick review, and ARE Live podcast - I’d listen to these while at the gym or driving and just wanted to keep hearing the terms.
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