I took PPD this past Monday and received the ever so unfortunate FAIL at the end of my exam. I studied for 2.5 months and 20-30 hours per week. I passed CDS, SD, and PPP 4.0 all on the first try. The scariest part about this new exam is that I walked in and finished my PPD exam feeling confident, I was calm and never felt rushed, I felt good about most of my answers, even more so than all my 4.0 exams (because I never felt good walking out of the 4.0 exams). So when I saw the fail at the end of the exam, it was really a shock. I even felt the questions were logically and mostly clear (except for the FOUR pond questions I got). I received even more shocking news this morning when I read my score card and saw my only passing category was Building Codes.. everything else was Level 3. I'm not really sure how to move on from here because I don't know what I answered wrong on the questions, I guess I can assume that it was EVERYTHING. I've been working for more than 10 years, I know my materials and I'm comfortable with MEP/Structures/etc. I've been reading all the posts and I see a lot of people are in similar situations, which is not so nice to read about. I do love the occasional pass posts, which gives me a bit of hope at least.
The study materials I used are the following:
-Brightwood Question Bank
-Architect's Studio Companion
-Ching's Building Codes Illustrated
-Ching's Building Construction Illustrated
-FEMA - Ch 4, 5, and a skimmed through the others
-Foundamentals of Building Construction (looked through images and diagrams)
-All Kaplan/Ballast 4.0 for BS and BDCS practice exams
If anyone else failed PPD on their first try and did something differently to get a pass on their 2nd try, please do share. The AIA chapter in London has kindly bought us the Brightwood guides, but there are literally only 2 of us (who also just failed PPD) taking the ARE 5.0 in the entire city so there's not much support here other than reading posts on Ncarb. It seems that no other countries in the world, especially in Europe, has to go through the level of pain as we do for the AREs to become a licensed architect. I would like to speak with a real life person who's actually passed PPD.
Thanks in advance and hope you can help us.
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