PPD Fail and Upcoming PDD

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    Roma Agrawal

    I would highly recommend taking PDD as scheduled. Your experience and PPD story sound exactly like mine. I failed PPD but passed PDD. If you are comfortable with details n documentation and broad concepts of designing and code, you should be fine. Studying for PDD helps strengthen PPD knowledge as well.

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    Kim Luu

    I also highly recommend continuing with PDD. Personally, I thought it was a much more conquerable test than PPD (I've failed both once prior). For my 2nd round of testing, I decided to do PDD first and it proved successful. I think the test is more project mgmt/CA and detail/assemblies oriented, so for me, the material came more naturally. I focused on code-related practice questions and a code-related workshop in order to improve since it was my weakest area (esp in the case study part of the test) - its important to get very familiar with where all important charts are exactly rather than very specific numbers/values (so you know where to look it up quickly). Hyperfine has a good rundown of the top 10 code items to study and it was very helpful. 

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    Mark Baker

    I thirdly echo the sentiment.  Take the PDD. 

    As soon as testing centers reopened I scheduled PPD and then PDD ONE WEEK LATER.

    I failed PPD on account of site planing and project costs sections.  I was very nervous about attempting PDD after being disheartened by my fail.

    I took PDD anyway, and I PASSED.  Very glad I did it this way.  And worst case, study for both at the same time and know which areas I needed to work on.

    Take the Exam! 

    Mark, Archizam - Practice Exams for ARE 5.0

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    I am going to dissent here...  If you failed PPD, continue studying for PPD and take it as soon as possible, schedule it for 2 months out.  

    Moving on to a different exam will mean that you have to re-study everything for PPD later.  And while these 2 exams do overlap somewhat, it's not enough to take both without covering the material for both exams, and more...  

    PPD is preliminary design, where PDD is more cds, and structures.

    Hope that helps.

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