I have now failed PPD three times. It’s the last exam I have to take. I read a few more blogs after my last failure and paid attention to the books Scott B and David K mentioned in a recent blog responding to someone else who recently failed PPD. I made sure to buy the ASC and x-ref’d the HVAC etc. info with MEEB as I ID’d my weakness to be the ‘building systems’ portion of the exam. I also steered farther away from the third party sources, particularly Ballast and Brightwood, which I’ve come to find out are less helpful for 5.0 than they are for 4.0. the results of my third failed attempt show that my new strategy worked for this section as I did well. I got a Level 3 pass for Code and Regs, which I’ve both passed and failed in my prior two attempts. I’ve purchased Ching’s code book to address deficiencies in this area. I received a Level 4 pass for Section 1; a section that I passed in both my prior attempts! I fell all the way from 2 to 4! I got the dreaded and much discussed pond questions same as I did the prior two times and I answered them the same as I did before. As for the other sustainability questions, I felt I did well on them. Obviously not. Despite passing this section twice before, I did not neglect it in my studies. I reviewed my notes from SPD as well as all the sustainability topics in BCI, MEEB, Site Design Handbook, HOK handbook, and various other sources. Yet still, Level 4. After passing twice before. I’ve now passed all the sections of this exam, just not in the same sitting – which is what matters. I’ve never not passed an exam on the second try as I’ve been able to address my deficiencies and be successful on the second attempt. With PPD I’m headed for attempt #4 in the Fall (12-month rule). I’m tired of playing whack-a-mole with this exam and enriching NCARB with repeat attempts. Scott B, David K, if you’re out there the advice I’ve read from you both rank among the best I’ve come across. In terms of what book(s) to read and what section(s) to focus on, what targeted advice would you give a fourth time PPD test taker regarding preparing for this tiny, contrary yet essential 10%-14% category of PPD? Thx in advance!
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