It can be done!
I passed PPD yesterday (no this is not an April Fool's joke) and I'm so relieved because it was my third attempt. I have PDD in 10 days, and I'm hoping to crush that one and be DONE done.
This is my first post on this website, but I have used it a lot over the last year to guide my studying for the 4.0 to 5.0 transitioning. There are a lot of regular posters on this site, and to you all I give my biggest thanks!!
I thought I'd share some of the testing strategies I used to maybe help someone who's reading this who has also struggled with passing this exam.
I read in one of the threads on this site that they went straight to the Case study questions, and I gave that a try this time around. I think it really helped me, especially with the time management aspect. Your brain is fresh at the beginning of the exam, and these questions take a lot of mental focus, so start with them first to get them out of the way, instead of leaving them for last when your brain is fried from answering 90+ other difficult questions.
After answering the Case study questions, I then started from question #1. I made sure to remember to automatically skip any questions that were particularly lengthy (I'm a slow reader) or any that had calculations. I wrote those ones down to go back and review them first before reviewing all the other marked ones. I actually had a full hour to review questions (including the ones I skipped) but that was a first for me. The last two attempts at this monster test I only had about 30 minutes left.
My study materials:
- BCI (Construction)
- MEEB (some)
- Structural Design - A Practical Guide for Architects
- Sun, Wind, & Light (some)
- I luckily kept the flashcards I made for SPD, PPP, and CDS, and made new ones based mainly on structural and MEP systems
I bought the Ballast 5.0 study guide but after reading it and realizing it was 4.0 just rearranged, I stopped reading it. I did, however, use the practice tests a lot, just because I couldn't find anything else out there for practice questions.
Now onto PDD! I plan on using the same strategy for PDD, by starting with the Case study questions, and looking over AGS more in depth.
Can anyone suggest any other study materials I should add to the list above for PDD?
The end is in sight!!
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