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    Scott Barber

    Hi Bhawya Joshi,

    Unfortunately it's hard to tell when you're "ready." I schedule my exams when I begin to study after coming up with a study schedule. A deadline gives me motivation and has worked so far, but it's different for everyone.

    There aren't any mock tests that I know of that are similar enough to the actual exams, but if you're familiar with all the content you've been reading and studying and understand the information, I think you are ready to go.
    My method when reading through the books was to add bookmarks to sections I needed to study more or didn't fully understand, so after I read through all the books I would go back through the bookmarked areas. Then, as I understood the concepts and felt comfortable with them, I would remove the bookmark. It helped me see progress as the number of bookmarks was shrinking, and let me know what to look through the day or two before my exam.

    It's definitely intimidating scheduling and taking an exam, but I don't think anyone ever feels completely ready. There will always be something to understand better and learn more about (one of the reasons I wanted to become an architect), but if you know the main concepts and understand the content you're probably about as ready as you'll ever feel. 

    Have you scheduled your exam yet? What have you been studying up to this point?
    If you haven't read The Architect's Studio Companion, I'd strongly recommend getting it and studying that book. It's fantastic for PPD, I don't think I would have passed without it. 

    Hopefully that makes sense - let me know if you have any specific questions. Good luck, you can do it!!

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    Bhawya Joshi

    Thanks, Scott! That helps a lot!

     

    I haven’t scheduled yet but have been studying for about two months. After reading some other comments here I immediately bought the Architects Studio Companion and actually enjoyed going through it. I have studied Ballast and Architecture Prep, Architects Studio Companion mainly so far - skimmed through Graphics Standard. It takes long to go through a book - I want to study Building Construction Illustrated as well but right now I guess I want to get a strategy first before moving forward .. hence my initial question.. but you are right .. I need an exam date now :)

     

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    Scott Barber

    Happy to help! Glad you've been reading through posts and comments on this forum - I saw you just joined today so I wasn't sure. I also had read a lot of posts before I actually "joined" but not everyone does.

    I think if you schedule your exam and then read BCI and refresh on the other content that would be a good plan. I'd also read FEMA 454 (chapters 4 and 5 )which you can find online - doesn't take too long but it's good information to include. 

    I'll also say (you've probably seen this up here too) that taking PDD close to PPD is a good idea. There's a lot of content overlap so it makes sense to take them close together. I think AGS is more helpful for PDD with all the details (though it's still helpful for PPD), so you already have a bit of a head start for PDD having looked at that some, too.

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    Bhawya Joshi

    Scott, how long do you think one might need after appearing for PPD to prepare for PDD? Do you think it’s wise to delay taking PPD to get started on PDD as well so that they can be taken closer together?

     

    I followed the advice from my peers to check these forums and definitely, it has been very helpful! Thankyou :)

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    Scott Barber

    That's a good question...I think if I were in your position I'd go ahead and take PPD if you've already studied for it for 2 months, and then continue studying for PDD right after and take it maybe 3 weeks later? It's hard to say for sure. It depends on how comfortable you are with details, I think, since that's the main difference between the two. You can read this article that does a good job comparing them:

    https://www.ncarb.org/blog/understanding-are-50-divisions-project-planning-design-vs-project-development-documentation

    I think I would figure out what you want to study for PDD (look through posts on here and the ARE Handbook) based on what you already know. Once you've done that, I would see how much of it might help for PPD, and then decide when you want to take each of them. Studying for PDD could help you for PPD, so it might be worth delaying PPD some, but I don't know how much. 

    I would also keep in mind that some Prometric centers are booked several weeks in advance. The one near me is booked almost a month ahead, and even then the only days available are Wednesday or Thursday, where I would rather take my exams on a Monday...just another factor to keep in mind. 

    I know my answer isn't very direct (and is somewhat contradictory), but I don't think there's a wrong answer. There will be pros and cons either way, so it just depends on what you're comfortable with. Taking PPD might help you understand what the exams look like (if you haven't taken a 5.0 exam yet) so you can prepare for PDD better, or waiting to take them close together might help you learn some new things while studying for PDD. 

    Hope you can come up with a good plan of action that you feel good about! 
    Good luck!

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    Bhawya Joshi

    Wow! This is so helpful! Thanks so much, Scott! 

    I think I have much data now to come up with a game plan. Really appreciate your time :) 

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    Scott Barber

    No problem! 

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    David Kaplan

    Don't forget that there's quite a few site related questions on this PPD test!!

     

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    Tony Young

    Hi I have access to blackspectacles videos and practice exams. I think black spectacles gives an idea of what the test is really like and also it gives you a detailed reason for the answer on each test question.

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    Bhawya Joshi

    Tony, how much did it cost to get the blckspectacles questions ? Isn’t it a bit expensive?

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    Bhawya Joshi

    Thanks, David 

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    Tony Young

    My company brought group license so I'm not sure of the cost

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