PDD - how much time to study??

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    Scott Barber

    Congrats Megan! That's exciting you only have one left. I studied for PPD and PDD together (not possible for you at this point, obviously) and studied for about 2 months, studying about 1-2 hours/day for most of that and ramping it up at the end. I think this was a little tight to cover both exams, in hindsight. 

    If you've already passed the other exams, there's a lot of content that you're probably already familiar with, PPD having the most overlap. I would suggest 6 weeks (+/- 2 weeks) studying a couple hours a day, depending on how quickly you read and retain information. There are some good posts in the PDD section where people share their approaches, and that may be worthwhile for you to go through those and see what others have done. 

    I would suggest focusing your studying on Building Construction Illustrated and Architectural Graphics Standards - these are the two best resources that I found, though I'm sure others are good too. I'd also read FEMA 454 (chapters 4-5), it's a pretty easy read but very helpful for seismic issues. Seismic design isn't a heavy content area but it's good to know.

    I also think your work experience is very important in how much time you study. I haven't been working for too long but I have a lot of experience in CDs so I felt pretty confident for most details. If you haven't drawn any/many details you'll obviously need to spend a good amount of time becoming familiar with them.

    Hope that makes sense and helps a little, good luck!

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    David Kaplan

    Megan,

    Take Scott's post above and copy- paste it here.  Couldn't have said it better.

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    Megan Fowler

    Scott, thank you so much! That's really helpful!

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