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    Robin Kuc

    Congratulations Deepannita !!!  And thanks ever so much for the tips. 

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    Deepannita Ghosh

    Robin, based on how you studied for PPD, I think you are well prepared for taking on PDD. Good luck! Hope to see you cross the finish line very soon. Oh one more thing, if you signed up for Hyperfine, I would also quickly browse through those questions before the exam. 

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    Robin Kuc

    Point taken and will do ... thanks again and take some time to savor your success!

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    Shikha Subramanian

    Congratulations!

    would you say that the exam questions were as detailed and specific as Elif's questions? Also, did you use Olin's Construction or Building Construction, principles, materials and methods as a primary reference for when you studied? 

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    Deepannita Ghosh

    Shikha, no, in general, I would say that Elif's question are slightly more complex than the real exam IMO. I honestly never scored more than 50 to 60% on her tests (even the day before the exam). But I used her questions to direct me to information I was not familiar with. I did not study Olin's. I had spent most of my time studying Ballast and Kaplan as well as Building Code Illustrated  and then realized that it wasn't quite enough. In the last two weeks before the exam I went through BCI, AGS (Student version) and did lots of practice tests. It helped immensely that I had taken two weeks off from work before the exam. I do have several years of experience, but mostly on existing, older buildings.

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    Shikha Subramanian

    All very good things to know! Seems like I'm on the same track as you.

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    Shikha Subramanian

    One more question for you. Did you memorize sections of the code?

     

    Are excerpts of the code provided as a reference in the multiple choice section (not the case studies)? I keep getting mixed answers on this. 

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    Deepannita Ghosh

    Shikha,

    No the code is only available for the case study and only the relevant portions. 

    I did not quite memorize the code but I did know where to look for what. I did memorize certain portions - like dimensions of tread, riser, handrails, guardrails, length of corridors, ramp slope, ramp length, how far apart exits need to be, size of exits based on occupancy, what triggers accessory use. Because of the limited time on the test, it helps knowing some of this. 

    The real test did not include many code questions, but I did get lots of slope related questions that depended more on knowledge of geometry than code. 

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    Devina Parbhoo

    Congrats on passing! This is one of the most difficult exams, so it definitely is a big accomplishment! If anyone else is look for study tips and tricks for the PDD exam, I made a YouTube video explaining everything I did in order to PASS this exam. Check it out and be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don't miss out on any future videos. https://youtu.be/hXHFKlN-Bx4

    Note: I made a video for each of the ARE 5.0 Exams. 

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