I'm happy to report that after failing PPD, I took it again yesterday and passed!!! I just wanted to mention that one thing that seems to have made a difference for me was spending study time on construction types. I went through a variety of prep materials and made my own chart: just going type by type and thinking about what each type represents in materials (concrete, wood...) and then spent some time mapping what that means in allowable areas and heights, stories, hours of fire protection, etc, and then looking at uses and how it's all tied together. Anyway, I know that's what we all do ALL the time... but there are a couple of building types I don't spend any time with at all. And, with the questions needing to be dealt with so quickly on the exam, I felt so comfortable with the IBC types/heights/areas chart that is provided that I was able to really cut my time on those questions to a minimum.
Anyway, that's my 2-cents. I also used Black Spectacles and found those videos more helpful the second time around. On to PDD! (which I have also already failed)... Wish me luck!
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