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    Marianna Teresa Yerak Shahin

    I'm studying from the Ballast book for 4.0, focusing on

    • Site Planning & Design
    • Building Design & Construction Systems
    • Structural Systems
    • Building Systems
    • Schematic Design
    • Construction Documents & Services
    Since those are the topics outlined on the transition calculator. I just figure the material cannot have changed that much.. I ordered the PPI transition package, so until then I'm making do with what I've got.
     
     
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    Thomas Howle (Edited )

    The guidelines have recommended readings listed.  I have purchased those books and started reading through that material.  I have corresponded with Brightwood Architecture & Engineering Education (formally Kaplan).  They are releasing study material next month for the ARE 5.0.

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    Matthew Colianni (Edited )

    PPI is currently backordered, but they have already published 5.0 materials.

    http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are

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    Jacqueline Davis

    I was just planning on studying :

    Ballast's 

    • Building Design & Construction Systems
    • Structural Systems
    • Building Systems

    for those last two exams. I'm doing the same as you and am a little nervous about it, but was also going to wait and see what came out in the coming months.

    -Jackie

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    Ashley Hartshorn (Edited )

    PPI is available for pre-order and ships out towards the end of this month (my local AIA chapter has pre-ordered those).

     

    I have also pre-ordered Architect Exam Prep materials for PPD and PDD, which are set to be released October 15th.

    http://architectexamprep.com/are-5-0/

     

    I was also wondering, since many people are planning on doing this "strategic" transition, do you plan on studying for PPD and PDD at the same time, and taking them back-to-back or very close together? They do have similar feeders from 4.0, but are clearly about different stages of the design process. It seems like it could make sense to study for them together, but I also don't want to end up with an overload of information and be overwhelmed at the testing center.

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    Anton Gross

    I am also in the same boat as you are describing. I have only found the ppi2pass materials. How are these? Anybody looked at these yet?

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    Ashley Hartshorn

    The PPI materials for 5.0, per my understanding, don't ship out to anyone until the end of this month. But as soon as I have my hands on them I will definitely be looking through them! I did use PPI for 4.0, as one source, and it was useful.

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    Michael Mauceri

    Ashley- I share the same thought about back-to back testing of PPD and PDD. You might have already read a link provided by NCARB that compares these two divisions with one containing scenarios at 1/8" scale (PPD) and  the other at 1-1/2" scale (PDD).

    black spectacles has some good videos on YouTube explaining their initial thoughts on these exams.

    I wish the PPI material would have been ready to ship out earlier this year. The timing is not ideal if you are like me and want to test early November. For past divisions, I usually study 2-3 weeks max per division. Though, I anticipate these two exams remaining for 5.0 cover a lot more ground and will require atleast a month of study. I agree with Jacqueline's outline for test materials to study. Marianna basically list the entire ARE 4.0 ballast or Kaplan manual but I do not think CDS is necessary.

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    Jacqueline Davis

    I am planning on taking PPD and PDD on the same day! I figure I'll study for both and see how I do on both... and hope that I pass at least one if not both and be done with it. 

    *crosses fingers* :)

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    Ashley Hartshorn

    I don't know if I could sit in a test center for an entire day, but good luck! I will probably try and take mine as close together as allowed by availability at my exam center - maybe a week apart or something. I figure if I'm part of the cut score group, and get a $100 Visa gift card back for each exam, hopefully I just end up passing both of them and saving money... or if I don't pass at least I'll have a better idea of what they're looking for to retake, and have received $200 back for my trial run.

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    Michael Mauceri

    all good ideas there. Very ambitious, hope that pays off for you. IMO, giving yourself at least a day to recharge seems more advantageous for your chances of passing them both. Jacqueline, I mean have you looked into the case studies? Doing that over nearly 9 hours will be challenging to say the least. Just because the vignettes have been eliminated does not mean the two hardest exams of 5.0 are going to be easier than 4.0. I do agree about the strategy of taking back to back based on similar study material; IMO, the cut score process is a wild card because it might result in the exam being easier to pass after the first 600 administrations have been completed. Those first 600 are going to influence the standard threshold.  Thought I know its not "competing" against one another, the 600 being evaluated per division are essentially moving the standard up or down for the future.

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