amber books intel/report for PASSING PDD testers

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    Kim Luu

    Amber Book - recommend but it does take a lot of time. I used it 2 yrs ago and have heard they've added more content as it applies to PPD and PDD. For every 1/2 hr of video footage, I took an hr total including stopping to take notes. You may want to aim an 2 videos per day and I think that will take atleast a few weeks - I can't recall exactly, but I want to say there's atleast 40+ hrs (you can email them and they'll likely tell you). Some people were able to just use Amber alone - I was not and failed both tests first time around. For PDD, I would highly recommend supplementing with Ching's Building Construction Illustrated (I read/referenced about 3/4 of the book), ARE questions (Elif Bayram) for practice quizzes, designerhacks for warm-up quizzes in the morning, and used Olin's Construction Principals Materials and Methods to refer to answer for practice questions. Workshops with Black Spectacles helped me, but if you do any kind of interactive workshops/study groups, I think they will provide the same active learning - I think that is the most important part...more than just watching videos and reading. Take as many practice exams as possible, and review all answers, incl. the correct ones. Passed the 2nd time around. The email I recently used was online@amber-book.com and got a response fairly quickly. You may also want to join the Facebook ARE group...super helpful and very active.

     

     

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    Jonathan Chertok

    thank you my friend.

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    Monica Retzke

    Jonathan, i also   paid for the Amber book  3 years ago. I watched all videos twice and still failed PDD and PPD.  The videos are good but they, at that time I don't think it was enough. I would say PPI2Pass is  a lot better and way cheaper. Make sure to  take a look on the references books. Amazon  rents some of them for a period, if  you can get from a friend or your  company library. Hyperfine and Design Hacks are  very good too. Google  Karen's PPD and PDD notes, she did an amazing job on it. 

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