I passed pdd on my 3rd try and done! After 2 years of studying I'm glad to have finished my ARE journey! My process was buying most of the ncarb books and reading them. Also definitely use the ncarb handbook. This may not be the easiest route but it worked for me and I learn well by reading those books. I know everyone is different and learns differently. And get a study group, this was the most helpful for me, and of course work experience helps too. Also I've used a lot of sources, I used black spectacles which helped a lot to start for about a year, architect exam prep, I recommend their audio books david doucette explains concepts very well in my opinion, I used amber book for a little bit. Also ballast, arequestions and more on youtube. Matt Risinger videos are pretty good as well. The point is it's best to understand the concepts and know how to apply them, and analyze the problem. One of the best sources I liked was the ncarb practice exams. I am happy to say that I'm an architect.
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