Just took PDD today!



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    Tiffany Knauer

    Thank you so much for posting about your experience! I ran into a time shortage too when I took P&A in November. I hope to take PD&D next and appreciate your take on it.

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    Michael Castro

    The strategy I found to be most useful was to do the case studies first and then go back and do the multiple choice.  And never leave a question unanswered.  Make a guess and mark it.  If you have time to go back through, you can review your answers.  You miss 100% of the questions not answered, but worst case scenario is you miss 100% of questions you guessed on and you might have actually gotten some right.

    It's always best to guess and come back.

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    Erin Rensink

    Michael - that is exactly what I did when I took PPD this past Monday and that exam went better. I guess I was just used to the 4.0 format of finishing the multiple choice, taking a break, and then continuing on with the vignettes.


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    barry ballinger

    One of the test taking tips I learned from study for GRE is always answer the question. If you took the time to read it, put an answer down. You can then flag it and go back later.

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    Rebecca Phipps (Edited )

    Getting ready for PDD and I have a question for those that took this test.  In PPD I made a point to answer all questions so I did not have to deal with reload time and allowed myself to flag fill in the blanks if I needed more time.  This worked on that test, but I'm speculating with calculations there's a lot more fill in the blanks on this PDD.  With that assumption and everyone's notes to answer all questions the first go around, if it's a calculation that may take more time, isn't it worth flagging till the end?

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    barry ballinger

    When I took PDD there were a lot of fill in the blanks, but there were not any long calculations (the equations for these, by the way, are not provided despite what NCARB says). There are a lot more fill in the blanks and hot spot questions than PPD. The biggest difference between PDD and PPD is how much you have to switch between resources on the case-studies. I think I spent about 2 hours on these because the interface is so bad.

    My advise would be:

    1. Don't take this exam until they fix the interface. I had to take it because of rolling clock issues. However, if I have to retake it, there's no way I'll do it until I know the interface works properly.

    2. If you must take it now, do the case studies first.

    3. Answer all the questions and flag the one's you're not sure of. This is what I did. or

    4. If you want to save the fill in the blanks for later, don't take the time to read them. Just flag them and move on. However, there are a lot of fill in the blanks. I can't stress that enough. I've taken BS, SPD, PPP, CDS, SS, PPD, and PDD. PDD has way more fill in the blanks than any of the other exams.

    I really don't want to be a discouragement to anyone. I feel a lot better about this exam than I did about SS, and think, overall, these are much more appropriate than 4.0. I just want people to be prepared.


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    Rebecca Phipps

    Thanks Barry, this was very helpful.  Committed to helping the first testers complete 600, so I'll jump in all the same. 

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    barry ballinger

    I appreciate that since I'm one of the first 600.

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    Annette Gleason

    I agree with you on the case studies!!  I took over an 1 hour and 20 minutes just to answer those 22 questions!!!  The provided material is cumbersome and the zooming in and out drives me crazy!!

    I have now taken all my exams so just waiting with all fingers and toes crossed.  I will say the new format and material content is hands down a vast improvement over 3.0 and 4.0  (yup been taking these tests that long!) 

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    Jeremy Schoenfeld

    This comment has been made by others elsewhere, but it is appropriate here:

    If you find that the case studies take you a long time to complete, do not answer them first. They are just 20 or so questions out of 120. If you take more than 90 minutes to answer them, you probably won't have time to finish the rest. I try to average 1.5 minutes per question for the main part of the test and 4 minutes per question for the case studies.

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