4th PPD Fail

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Hi.  I see that nobody replied to your post, so I'm going to give you some free advice.

    Firstly, you spent 2.5 hrs of the actual PPD exam on the case studies?!  That is too much time...  the exam is only 4.25 hrs, so you spent more than 1/2 of the time on approximately 24 case study questions, leaving 96 questions to be answered in 105 minutes.  This is NOT a good strategy.  Next time, watch the clock!  Do NOT spend more than 1.5 hrs on the case studies!  The new virtual exam is going to be shorter - the # of questions and time allowed - reduced to 4 hr 5 min and 100 questions.  For the virtual exam, do NOT spend more than 1.25 hrs on the case studies, and do them first.  If you haven't finished then in 1 hr 15 min, leave the rest unanswered and move on.  

    I think the virtual exam may reduce or eliminate some of the computer lags.  When I took the exams, I remember dealing with a significant computer lag when loading the case study materials.  Just roll with it and do not let it get you flustered.  

    I am an ARE group coach.  Considering the # of times you have failed, I think you would benefit from structured PPD coaching.  My program is 6 weeks for PPD and includes an outline, lessons, quizzes, and weekly live zoom meetings.  What have you used for study materials thus far??    

    Please DM/email if you'd like to chat.

     

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    Suchitra Van

    hi Rebekka, Thanks for your help. yeah this forum is random, no response as times.

    I transitioned from 4.0. I had BDCS as my last exam during the last few days of 4.0. I failed only one vignette because I had vignette freezing issues,(some elements froze) and for the first time ever for me, so for caught off guard. Many candidates (100's) failed due to this computer glitch in the last month, it was all over the forum, but NCARB did not acknowledge the problem and no retake was allowed.

    For PPD this time I allowed 2.5 hours - not for the case studies - but my intention was to use an hour of that to review my marked MC questions, but because there was so much lagging, I lost most of my time waiting for reloading large drawings. then on top of that I had three computer crashes where they had to restart my computer and change desks. 

    I studied Kaplan, Ballast, AEP, Amber Video and book, DH, BS, lots of online youtube videos. Books ; AHPP, SPD, ASC, MEEB, HCL, Structure Ambrose, FBC, AGS, PEA, IBC, ADA, lost of online manuals from WBGD, Sect of Interior Stds. etc.  My score was the best before I did preparation for 5.0 and gave PPD, ( almost passed). Further studying took my score lower and lower. I think ARE set answers and industry standards sometimes don't agree with each other. 

    what do you think?

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    Evdoxia Athanasi

    That was alot of time for the case studies but I highly recommend on NOT skipping questions. Even if you passed that 1.15 hrs, i would just try to quickly answer the last case study questions and move on (go back to them if time allows). You do not lose points for wrong answers so its much better to at least guess.

    Otherwise, it seems like your test taking strategy might be at fault. To be honest, it shouldn't take you that long to answer questions, and maybe the way you are approaching them might need some work.  With the new exam, you have less questions as well so it might not be as much of a problem.

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    Suchitra Van

    thx for your help Evdoxia, if you note I had computer lagging problems and had allowed 1+ hours to review MC Q's but yes after noticing the problems with CS I should have abandoned the CS and gone back to MC q's as per my previous plans. 

    Did you pass PPD?

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