Hi, I finished PDD the 2nd time, and am now done with AREs. I transitioned, and had a tough time with 5.0 the first time, but 2nd time was fine after using better time management.
My biggest takeaway for those who transitioned:
1. Stay calm, and
2. YOU DON'T NEED TO BUY ALL THOSE BOOKS/ SElMINARS/ WEBINARS ETC...
I'm speaking from my experience and how infuriating it was to buy Ballast 5.0 for the error-filled, poorly organized re-mix of the Ballast 4.0 book. I can't speak for the other materials out there, but this was it at the time and they clearly rushed it out there to be first on the market.
If you've transitioned or are transitioning, it's likely you have a good amount of access to ARE 4.0 materials. I still did a majority of my studying from the Ballast 4.0 and Kaplan 4.0 books. I borrowed the amber book for for PPD, and watched the free youtube videos from black spectacles, amber book, and a couple of the DORF vignette videos (concepts still very relevant). I tried watching some of the Thaddeus videos, but I just couldn't do it. The first 3 Khatri videos should suffice.
I guess I just felt like I came on here when I was feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, and was looking for some practical advice. I'll spare you the rant I just wrote and get to the point.
Follow the specs/handbook and use it as an outline about things to understand at a high level. The minutiae is less significant.There are a few curve balls in there, but it's mostly batting practice.
For PDD, You should know things like:
- What's the relationship of U-value to R-value?
- Where does vapor barrier go?
- Can you follow a section tag?
- Can you navigate a CD set thru a tiny broswer window?
If you can keep your heart rate down and answer questions at a regular pace, you'll do fine on 5.0. You should have plenty of time to check your flagged items. One way to not waste time is Don't read/take notes on the case study program for too long. There is a lot of excess information. You can likely answer a few off the bat without digging into the program too much. Some are basic (and I mean BASIC) code questions that you should be familiar with, and can just search the pdf to re-confirm.
Having transitioned from 4.0, there was an association and fear factor of the vignettes that translates to the case study. That was my downfall the first round. If you time manage properly, these are free points in my opinion.
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