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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