PPD -- long test! I passed it Friday.
Several others have outlined what materials they used to study -- check them out -- very helpful.
Pretty broad exam in terms of content. I'm sure that having work experience is a great help. I'm sort of fascinated that some individuals just out of school actually pass these exams -- seems like a lot of knowledge to acquire via reading only! But, whatever works.
I will say -- for PPD -- understand systems. Know when to use, say, wood trusses instead of precast slabs. Great stuff on this in the very front part of Graphic Standards, and well as in the Architect's Studio Companion. Please read this stuff! I think the BCI (construction) is a great and pretty quick overview for PPD.
I did not read MEEB. I bought it, and did a very, very brief skim through it. Great comprehensive book to have in your collection -- however, as a study source, I just don't see it being much of a help. I think it's just too massive -- like reading War and Peace a couple of times. I got a lot more out of the mechanical and electrical chapters in the Architect's Studio Companion, which is concise and readable.
Also, get ready for an exam that is fairly heavy on logic. What's the best choice? Why put a space on this side of the building. Or pond? Best way to shade windows on which side of the house?
Climate data -- sun -- daylight -- all in there... again, concepts mostly, some charts you need to be able to interpret.
Be ready for numerous fill-in-the-blank mini-calculations -- not complicated, but you need to carefully read what they are asking for...
Still some carry-over from PA in terms of understanding programming.
Also... codes. Study the heck out of IBC 2012 Chapter 5 and 6.
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