Hello, I am currently studying for PDD and PPD together since there is so much overlap. The community has been a great resource for study material, so I am currently reading BCI cover to cover as suggested by many (also going to read some of MEEB and Building Code Illustrated). BCI is super informative, but I have a question- having had already taken 4 exams in version 5.0 (passed 3 out of 4, not bad) I know that the test questions are more comprehensive and not about memorization. For example; instead of showing you a diagram of a two-way slab and asking you what it is, they may ask what type of floor assembly you would use with x budget in x climate with x fire rating. That being said, how are you all using BCI for studying when it is really just informational in its diagrams and doesn't provide this additional information? It's great to see the differences between GLB, LVL and PSLs, but I feel like NCARB wants me to know why you use one over the other, what the differences are structurally and what the advantages/disadvantages are. Other than Googling that info, are you all finding this in another resource or are you not getting into that much detail? I can look at diagrams all day and understand how things go together but I don't think NCARB cares about that, the questions are always way more specific in my experience with the other exams. Thanks!
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