ballast 4.0 chapters?

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    Theodore Diamond

    Jonathan, I believe that the consensus is that Ballast 4.0 and 5.0 have the same content arranged differently.  If you have 5.0, I don't think that time is well spent reviewing 4.0 and vice versa.

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    Jonathan Chertok

    ok. thanks theodore. that would be good to know. for some reason i am thinking that in 5.0 you might want to read the other chapters due to “other” content being included. but people seems to mention checking the transition matrix to figure this out which seems indirect and i don’t want to do anyway...

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    Jonathan Chertok

    i mean, i am checking my notes here and one PPD thread says to study SS, BS and BSCS and maybe even SPD and PPP in B4 for good measure for PPD.
    surely this content is not included in SPD in ballast 5.0...

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    Theodore Diamond

    Largely speaking, the exam content has not changed.  It's just the arrangement of it.  In 4.0, the exam was basically broken down by discipline.  In 5.0, it's basically broken down by project phase.  Because of this, there are elements of Site Planning in PPD and PDD.  

    The content of the exams isn't dramatically changed, as evidenced by NCARB stating that many questions are the same from 4.0 to 5.0.

    The content in Ballast reflects redistribution of content, not change of content.

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    Jonathan Chertok

    hi theodore

    so is there a consensus on which chapter sto study in 4.0 for PPD and PDD i guess is what i am asking...

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    Kristen Charters

    Jonathan,

    I'm not Theodore but maybe this will help.

    My approach to studying for these two exams was to treat PDD as an extension of PPD. So I studied for both tests and took them close to each other.

    First, I scheduled both exams about two months away and a week or so apart from each other.

    Then, I used Ballast 4.0 as an overview and a jumping off point to start studying. I studied all the BDCS and BS chapters (see my comment on your post in the PDD forum) and the Thaddeus videos only for structures. I didn't use any Ballast/Brightwood ARE 5.0 materials but you could use that if you have it.

    Then I filled in the gaps that Ballast covered with the same chapters from Kaplan as well as Building Construction Illustrated, MEEB, Architect's Studio Companion and Architectural Graphic Standards. I then used the Kaplan chapter quizzes and exams for Kaplan and Ballast as well as the Amber videos as a "test" or review of everything. (I aimed for a 70% or so on the exams.) This process took about 2 months and I took both tests within a week of each other.

    So go schedule your exams and start studying! Good luck!

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    Jonathan Chertok

    thanks kristen! always happy to hear from you and i appreciate it. this is what i have planned essentially. at the moment i am looking for one or two books to fill a week between PPD and PDD. i’m figuring structures review if i have things sorted correctly...

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    Kristen Charters

    I’m not sure why your comment isn’t showing up Jonathan but I’ll answer it anyways :)
    In terms of the one week gap between PPD and PDD (which I would reduce if you haven’t scheduled them yet), don’t worry about it yet. I know it seems counterproductive but I would wait til after you take one of the tests to see what you still need to study.
    Why? Because even with the best planning, real life still gets in the way. So maybe there’s some stuff you didn’t get to study before your first test. Ok that’s fine. Nothing to worry about. Just study it during your gap time.
    Trust me, it’s almost impossible to study everything. There’s a lot of stuff to cover for both exams (and don’t forget to brush up on PA/SPD/PPP for PPD). (There’s so much that it’s absolutely not worth it to read Ballast 4.0 and Ballast 5.0. Just pick one, read it and move on to the NCARB matrix materials.)
    But if you really need to schedule something for that time, use it as a review session. Take as many practice tests as possible. From ARE 4.0 and/or 5.0, designer hacks, etc. Invest in the Amber videos (now) if you have the money and watch those (again) during the week break. Review structures via Thaddeus videos but don’t get hung up over the formulas-just learn concepts. Review Building Construction Illustrated, Architectural Graphic Standards, Architect’s Studio Companion or MEEB ( for diagrams) if you have those. Don’t forget to sleep!
    Ok seriously now. Between all of us you have all the information you need to pass these two tests. Get off the forum right now, schedule your two tests and go study. Report back in two months with your two Passes.
    Good luck!

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    Jonathan Chertok (Edited )

    you’re awesome. thanks. got it pretry well in hand now. i have a couple of study guides i think others would find helpful. i’ll probably just post them but i wish you could run them by someone to proof them. i’d hate to repeat something that was posted and find it is problematic. can’t see how anything would be but you never know!
    hopefully you get this. must be one heck of a spam filter they got...

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    Anton Gross

    These Thaddeus videos are the ones for $325 for 8 weeks? Pricey for ONLY structures. Are they that great?

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    Jonathan Chertok

    hi anton

    if you don’t get an answer here maybe try also posting a new thread in PPD forum? it may get more eyes on it as a new thread (not sure if you have tried that already or not).
    also, there are some pretty good places elsewhere to post if you don’t get any actionable intel on this.
    regards
    jon

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    Kristen Charters

    Hi Anton,

    I found the structures videos helpful. He is very good at condensing structures down so that is easy to understand.

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