So I just found out I passed PDD ( my last test. Whooooooooo!!) and since I read every post with a headline like mine, I figured I would pay it forward and see if I could offer any advice to those studying for this test.
First things first. I have some good news and bad news. I don't know if it was just my specific test or not but I had a lot of "construction document" type questions. The best thing that helped me in answering these questions was honestly, experience. To me, if you don't have the experience putting details together or dealing with a construction set in general, you will be at a big disadvantage. The good news out of this though, is if you've spent some time in an office putting sets of drawings together, this test will be a lot easier.
That being said, you do have to study.
Here was my list of study material
- Ballast PDD.
***- Building Construction Illustrated
-Architect Studio Companion
-FEMA earthquake chapter
-I flipped through Architecture Graphic Standards
*** YouTube - I can't recommend searching a topic you're having trouble with enough. Chances are, someone made a cartoon explaining it simplest you can understand
***Designerhacks practice questions.
-I'm the type of person who studys very well with short bursts of information and practice tests also help me practice retrieving information. I have paid for designer hacks both on this and on PPD and it was worth every cent.
I think between all of those, I had everything I needed to pass this test. I would have stressed BCI a little more if I knew what the test would be like.
Good luck to everyone out there! Passing is possible!
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