Post test elation (Resouces for PPD)

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Sean -- CONGRATULATIONS!

    With only CE left -- you are as good as done.  Awesome.

    I have PPD and PDD left, and am taking PPD next -- SO... I really appreciate your recap of your study approach.

    Good luck with CE!

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    Lauren

    Congratulations, and thanks for the advice, Sean!

    I am re-taking PPD this weekend, and with the exception of the earthquake manual, that's about the same study approach I took this time around.  Hoping it's enough for me, too.

    Good luck on your PPD/PDD journey, Kurt!

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    Edward Bilek

    Thanks Sean and good luck Lauren!

    I am right behind you Kurt, PPD is next for me too, having taken PA this morning. I have access to all the materials Sean has listed in his study guide except for the MEEB book. I worked for over twenty years in construction before I got my Architecture degree, and that has been helpful. Do you think I need the MEEB book?

    Thanks for all of your posts!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Sean, yep, that's a great recap you did -- thanks for reminding me!

    Edward -- that's awesome --  I'm going to skim MEEB and hit only random parts I feel weak on -- but as others have said, a person could do that with probably other resources as well.   By the way, you're no longer right behind me......we're even!  I've just barely gotten into studying for PPD and PDD...    

    And thanks, Lauren!

     

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    Mark Behm

    Hi Sean, thanks for the study list and approach. Given the experience side of things, how much time did you dedicate to this skimming process? I too have about the same amount of experience so obviously depending on ones type of experience and exposure may dictate how much one understands or doesn't understand. I'm thinking a couple of weeks, 4-5 hrs per night.

    Thanks Again,

    Mark

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    Sean Ragudo

    Mark,

    Skimming for me was about 2-3 hrs a night.  Skimming happend in MEEB, Arch Studio Companion & Graphic Standards. Definitely read cover to cover BCI (Construction)  My experience is in small firms.  At my current firm I've had the privilege of working with, directing consultants, working through issues with them as well as captaining a team within the firm.

    Happy reviewing!

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    Timothy Barstad

    Great post. Thanks Sean! 

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    Elizabeth Johnson

    Congrats and thanks for the info. Testing in a week, and I'll be sure to look through your list a few times. Also good to know that the new 5.0 is better for a "visual" learner. That is very much me, and this is my first test in 5.0, which has me a bit nervous, regardless of content!

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    Cullen Hollyn Taub

    Thanks for the write up, Sean! I am just jumping into my PPD studies and wouldn't of thought to read Building Construction Illustrated cover to cover for this exam but since you've noted it, I will. Also, diagrams are the best!

    Ive never heard of Architects Studio Companion before. What tipped you off to that resource (its not in the matrix)? School or office?

    Also, I had read elsewhere that this exam overlaps a lot with PA and the Site Planning and Design Handbook material came up a bunch. Did you experience that as well? 

    Lastly, good luck on CE! I took it about a month ago and it comes down to two things. Contracts and construction experience. I feel my exam was heavy on construction photos, details and who is at fault when things go wrong. 

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    Sean Ragudo

    @Cullen,

    I use Architect's Studio Companion on the regular for a quick reference for Structural member sizes.  In my perusing of the book I also found lots of helps on HVAC & other systems.  I found similar concepts in PA and types of graphic questions, but not necessary the overlap that many are alluding to in their comments.  Some yes, tons no.

    Also, thanks on the CE wishes, and commentary, I found the same when I took the test.  I'm now just in the waiting game for NCARB to send my record to my state board to get a license number.  (Hint, Hint NCARB!!!!) Good luck on PPD!

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    Jason Vico (Edited )

    Great list!!! Thanks!!! I am preparing for PPD and PDD.  I currently have all listed references except, MEEB and Architects Studio Companion.  I am going to buy Architects Studio Companion, but my office has the MEEB 5th edition book, is that ok?

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    Sean Ragudo

    @ Jason, MEEB is great for the concepts and for diagrams.  It's key to know what you're looking at and can identify parts.  I used the Ninth Edition, it was fine.  I also have a digital copy of the 12th edition, but I'm not seeing any huge differences in the diagrams.  Best of luck!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    On Sean's above suggestion, I got a copy of the Architects Studio Companion -- seems like a great, concise overview.  (It also rounds out my "Sean Ragudo" list of study materials...!)

      Right now I'm using it as a primer to studying mechanical systems, which I always feel a bit weak on.  

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    Sean Ragudo

    @ Kurt,

    You should have let me know I would have updated my digital sources sooner.  ASC is a great resource to have in physical format though.

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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    Oh, hey, thanks man --

    So far I've definitely not regretted expanding my library with the matrix materials.

    I appreciate your writing up your "personal study guide" -- my approach to exams seems to match yours, so I'm reading closely what you've done on my remaining two.

    On another note -- I'm seeing something of a trend on the forums -- candidates drop in -- with one whole post to their name -- angry about a recent exam fail -- and inevitably wondering if they picked the wrong third-party exam material.

    There is really no need for those sorts of gyrations.  Sean, with successful candidates like yourself, Erica, Daniel S., and others having posted long, detailed recipes for exam success -- or at least for greatly increased chances for success -- there's little reason to leave oneself in the dark.

    My advice for all candidates is to first read through all of the comments on this forum for your on-deck exam -- plus the general discussion comments.    

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    Sean Ragudo

    I started testing back on 4.0 and honestly, those study materials were more hinderance than help.  My office purchased Brightwood 5.0 which, now that I'm done and have used purely matrix materials, I feel is a HUGE waste of money.  3rd Party study material feels a bit lazy...  The matrix materials are all things I use on EVERY project.  Also, with the new testing I feel it's is such a better reflection of what a Solo Architect performs day to day.  I wonder if you were to schedule it right, if you'd end up spending less money on the reference materials than you would purchasing 3rd party study helps.

    Looking forward to news of your success!

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