FAILED PDD 2nd time - what can I do better?



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    Gang Chen

    You have it backwards:

    You should ALWAYS understand the question and answer first, then then read the ones you got wrong a few more times, and you will remember the info.

    It will not help you if you do not understand and just memorize the info. ARE exams are testing your ability to UNDERSTANDING of the concepts and use them.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Hi Sabrina,

    I am wondering what your work experience is like?  And how many years?

    I'd recommend doing some site observations on projects under construction, if you haven't lately.

    Also the order in which you take these exams is important, and based on what you said, it seems like you've bounced around out of the order I'd recommend.  You should have continued to study for the first exam you failed, rather than bouncing around to 2 others. 

    Have you read Ballast?  What other material have you read?  You need to switch up your study materials.  Buy a new book, get new practice exams, take an ARE class and/or find a mentor.  Just because someone sold you their collection of architectural topics, doesn't mean those will be on the exam.

    And I agree with what Gang said.  Read the question again if you don't understand it.  You won't get the answer correct if you don't understand it.  Ask someone for help.  

    And most of all, KEEP STUDYING!

    Rebekka O'Melia, R.A., NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, NOMA, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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