This question is for everyone but I would like NCARB to answer, since I think it will greatly help in guiding study strategies.
Currently I'm working toward PPD/PDD. I've been reviewing the ARE 5.0 Handbook and I wanted to ask about the A/E Level items (which, judging by the sections, are pretty much the majority of PPD and not as common in PDD).
I believe I failed PPD because I had trouble understanding the A/E questions. In the Handbook, the A/E's are described as follows:
"- Requires integration of new information with existing information
"- May require prioritization of information
"- Often focuses on non-standard situations"
 In terms of prioritizing information, what does this mean exactly? Which resources in the ARE Reference Matrix provides the most reliable picture of how to prioritize for the type of exam questions we would encounter? My understanding is that the top priority will always be health, safety, & welfare.
Does that mean that we should always apply the "most stringent" or "conservative" information available with regards to HSW, regardless of the impact on matters like cost or aesthetics? Even if the question directly asks us to consider matters like cost and aesthetics?
 What is a non-standard situation? (As opposed to a standard situation?) And what is the purpose of this for our evaluation?
Thank you so much!
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