Exam Timing…and Review Course Timing
Exam is now available on computer at a testing site on an almost daily basis
throughout the calendar year. Since the Exam itself is only a single day, it
can reasonably be scheduled for any free day. So, the date of the Exam itself
shouldn’t be your focus. Rather, the key to scheduling your Exam is more
dependent on your schedule for exam preparation: When can I prepare effectively
so that when the Exam day arrives I am at peak preparation?
PLI’s Exam Focus approach, you'll need 150 hours of preparation time, at a
minimum. So you should begin by identifying a period of time where, over a 4-6
week period (preferably), you will be able to devote 150 hours of your time in
at least 3-4 hours increments. This prep time may be available in conjunction
with a holiday period, or for students, between exams.
you've determined when the 150 hours of prep time is likely to be available,
you need to think about what course suits you specifically. A live course is
the most time-efficient and focused method of being exposed to all of the
tested subjects and working your way through them. Especially if you tend to
put work off until outside factors force you to react, a live course is the
"outside" factor for you. It will take you through the materials at a set pace
and at a predetermined time. If a live course is best for you, choose the live
course that fits your need to have structure and commitment, and falls within
your 150 hours of prep time.
course homestudy is always available for those who cannot make a live location
work for them or don’t need the structure and the discipline that a live course
imposes. Our homestudy courses are the same as our live courses, and certainly can
be spread over the same (or a greater) amount of time. It works as effectively
as a live course, especially for people who are relatively disciplined
and self-organizing. And you get contact info for the faculty, so
that you can get the feedback that you’d get in a live course. Over half of our
registrants now take homestudy courses, and report great satisfaction and
recommend that you look at the application to sit for the Exam before you start
your preparation. If you are a Category A taker (someone with a science or
engineering degree), you can probably set aside the application for now, and
work on it slowly as you’re preparing. If you are a Category B or C taker, you
need to start gauging how much time it will take you to collect the required
documents, and begin that process early.
either case, once you are about 100 hours into your 150 hours of exam
preparation for a Category A taker, or 50 hours into your preparation for a
Category B or C taker, it is time to send in the application for the Exam. The
PTO will turn around a Category A application in 2-3 weeks, and a Category
B or C application in 4-6 weeks. While you wait for your certificate of
admission, you should finish your preparations for the Exam, so that when your
90-day window to take the Exam begins, you'll be at (or near enough) your peak
preparation, and ready to find the free day you'll need to take the Exam at
PLI Exam Preparation Calculator:
1: Find a period when you have 150 hours in your schedule over the next 6-8
2: Determine the approximate end point of that 150 hours. (This will be the
scheduled beginning of your 90-day Exam window.)
3: Subtract 2 months from the date identified in Step 2. This is the
approximate beginning date of your PLI live or homestudy course. Find the PLI
live course within a 6 week window of this date. If there isn’t one, or it’s
not convenient for you, consider a homestudy course.
4: Order the PLI course that meets your needs.
5: Prepare and pass!