I have taken both PPD and PDD within the past month and I have to say they were both completely different testing experiences. While taking PPD, I had a good feeling about 5.0 and was glad that I made the switch from 4.0. The questions seemed to be fair and I really liked the referencing of documents in the case studies and interactive questions.
PDD on the other hand was hands down the worst testing experience I have ever had. The software lagged so badly and the worst part is that the timer keeps going down while you're staring at a blank screen or the "loading" sign on the reference sheets...talk about major test anxiety. I read somewhere on this forum that this test runs on wifi so it depends on the wifi connection of your testing center, but I took both PPD and PDD at the same testing center so I don't think this was the case. There was a gap of about 5-10 seconds in between each question, and about 15 seconds when there was a diagram involved (which were most of the questions.) By the time I reached the case studies there was only 40 minutes left and the reference sheets took about 10 seconds each to load. Most of the questions require you to reference multiple sheets so this was a huge problem. By the end I was just guessing without even looking at the reference sheets/drawings because there was not enough time for me to wait for them to load.
Overall if the issue of the software lag does not get resolved I think more time should be added to these exams, especially PDD since it involves more reference sheets / diagrams. It is very unfortunate that even though I studied really hard and knew the material / probably could have answered the questions right, I lost the opportunity simply because the problems wouldn't load.
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