Final pass with PDD! My exam strategy

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    Jason Hitchcock

    Wow amazing post, great info!  You are a rockstar and deserve many congratulations for your effort!

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    Ryan NCARB

    Great job Swapna..and really great post.  Congrats!

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    Benjamin Norkin

    Congrats, Swapna! Great story, tips and resources. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Congratulations, Swapna.

    Interesting -- lots of different study approaches out there -- it looks like you studied everything except the ARE 5.0 Handbook recommended materials!

    In any case -- you are an architect!  

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    Swapna Parab

    Thank you all! Kurt, It's not that I didn't study recommended material, but I did find it quite limiting to just rely on it. Some topics did require more research to understand the concepts thoroughly. so I relied heavily on reading research papers submitted by professionals through internet search as well as product websites and their recommended detailing e.g. EPDM roofing-firestone, carlisle, or Doors, hardware providers etc etc. It made the study part more interesting as if I was doing product research for a specific project. Following are some of those awesome resources-

    https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1707-25045-9020/chapter10.pdf

    https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1556-20490-5679/fema454_complete.pdf

    http://www.lightsearch.com/resources/lightguides/fixtureselect.html

    http://buildingadvisor.com/ (FAQ's very insightful)

    https://buildingscience.com/documents/digests/bsd-106-understanding-vapor-barriers

    https://www.wbdg.org/resources/high-performance-hvac

    http://www.directdoorhardware.com/door_hardware_guide.htm

     

     

     

     

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    Carly DuBrey

    Swapna, 

     

    First of all, thank you so much for taking the time after you have passed all exams to post your passing strategy.. I feel like so many of those who pass would ride off on their white horse, and leave the rest of us to rot in our disgruntled disgrace.. 

    I totally feel your struggle with momhood... I am also a mom of three, the youngest being a newborn. The struggle is too real trying to pass these darn exams. The evenings get eaten up with preparing for the next day-- lunches, etc. 

    Having a husband/partner who stands behind you is key when you have kids, which it sounds like you had. Otherwise, without that, you really have to be a go-getter! And extremely sleep-deprived, haha.

    I appreciate all the resources you listed. I will check them out. 

    Thank you again, and congrats on your achievement! You should feel so proud for the struggle you have endured; I'm sure if your daughters haven't recognized it yet, they will.. ;) 

    You go girl!

    -Carly

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    Swapna Parab

    Carly, please hang in there and endure the pain and keep pushing yourself to do this.. I know too many women who have given up licensing goal after having kids and I just promised myself that I will not let that happen to me.. it's kind of really hard given the open ended curriculum of these exams... to get over the hurdles, I got together a group of my friends.. they all happen to be women with young kids and four of us kept pushing each other to continue the studies, and to keep scheduling exams one after another. It helps to create a support group as it does get really long drawn process.. i will never forget the days when so many times I just lost it on my kids cas they were not sleeping early :-), I m laughing now.... but I kept telling myself that when they grow up hopefully they will not remember these early childhood days when their mama had different priorities :-)
    Good luck with all your exams

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    Christopher Sullivan

    Swapna, your story inspires me.  Many thanks go to you for the resources and advice. 

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    James Dambrogio

    Great post. Thanks and CONGRATS!

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    Louis Mari

    Great posts, Swapna!  As a father of 3 young children, I can relate.  Young children require attention constantly, so it's difficult to find study time.  I have to cut to the chase and prioritize my time with the most relevant material.  There are thousands of posts in this forum.  Many of the posts are superfluous, kind of like IM chatter/banter.  Some are extremely helpful and substantive, like yours.  Would be great if there was a way to cull out only the pithy, accurate, most helpful posts.  

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    Marta Snow

    Swapna, I so appreciate that you included the links to the supplemental materials that you felt helped you with your exams! I'm a mom of 10 & 12 year old girls, and they too have a bit of an issue with me studying "all the time"! But, they do respond to the explanation that I'm working really hard towards a lifelong goal. I took 12 years "off" from the profession to focus on them. . . before I was licensed.  

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hi Louis,

    Where are you at in the exams?  

     

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    Louis Mari

    Hi Kurt, 

    I've passed CE & PjM.  PcM in a month, then I haven't scheduled PA/PPD/PDD. Over the summer it was easy to get Prometric appts within a few days, so I could study until I felt ready and then book the apt quickly. Lately good appointment times aren't available for months out. I'm guessing because schools are in session and Prometric books all kinds of other tests, not just ARE.  

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