ARE Ballast Review Manual 4.0 vs. 5.0

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    Stephanie Waples

    Hi Robert,

    My firm had a copy of the 4.0 Ballast books, but I'm working from the new 5.0 Ballast materials. I flipped to a random chapter of the same name (i.e. "Concrete") in both and the content was exactly the same. Therefore, I assume the majority of the changes were just reorganizing the information. I don't know the 4.0 material well enough to say whether or not there were significant content additions as well. 

    Same goes for the Practice Problems -- I wanted more problems to study with, so I went to the 4.0 materials to search overlapping content areas, but they were the same practice problems (again, just reorganized). 

    Hope that helps you,

    Stephanie

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    James Glenn

    Stephanie

    Are you saying the Ballast 5.0 Exam practice problems are the same ones in their 4.0 books, just reorganized for the newer format? I was about to purchase the new ones despite having the 4.0 because I was thinking they would have developed something new.

    It would obviously save me a lot of money if I don't have to purchase them.

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    Stephanie Waples

    James,

    I can't say definitively that there was no new content, but I definitely recognized problems. I went to the 4.0 materials in an effort to find more practice problems for PcM and used the credit model to determine which 4.0 tests would be applicable. I started skimming through and saw several that were, verbatim, questions I had already seen in the 5.0 materials. I also saw many that I hadn't seen, but my instinct tells me that those problems are just in the other tests' practice problems in my 5.0 book that I have yet to study.

    It would definitely save you time on sorting out the irrelevant problems for the specific 5.0 test if you purchased the 5.0 problems, but it would also save you a lot of money if you didn't. I guess that's kind of up to you. 

    Stephanie

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    James Glenn

    Thank you for the insight, it is most helpful.

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    Yen Vo

    I compared the ballast 4.0 and 5.0 texts for the chapter on sustainability for PPD and they updated some sections. 

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