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    Scott Barber

    Hi Tony,

    It seems like a lot of people go "in order" - starting with PcM and ending with CE. Some include CE with the first two, and then go in order. I started with PDD and PPD, then PA, and am finishing with the other three. I started with exams that covered content I was most familiar with, but everyone has a different approach and many testing orders are successful.

    Typically, people claim that PDD and PPD are the hardest. While I've taken those two - I thought the most difficult part was covering all the content that I'd be tested on. They definitely cover the most information. So in my mind the actual exams are the same level of difficulty, it's just harder to prepare for them and takes more time. I have yet to take half of them though, so I could be wrong in that assumption.
    I feel less confident in the contracts and other content covered in PcM, PjM, and CE, so for me I think those exams will seem harder. I'll be able to speak more accurate to that thought after I sit for those three exams (I have them all scheduled before June) - I just think the perceived difficulty of exams may relate to your length of exposure to the content.

    I see you failed PPD and I'm sorry to hear that. I hope your score report can give you some direction in what you need to study for next time. There were parts of that exam that I felt comfortable with and some content was fairly new, so I thought it was harder than PDD, but that's mainly based on my experience. 

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    Tony Young

    Yes I did fail PPD I've heard the it's the "hardest" so it was kinda my plan of attack to start with the "hardest" I must admit I was shocked to fail well to take the test and be asked almost nothing from what I have been studying. Do you know how retest go I'm sure all the questions are different

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    Tony Young

    Yes I did fail PPD I've heard the it's the "hardest" so it was kinda my plan of attack to start with the "hardest" I must admit I was shocked to fail well to take the test and be asked almost nothing from what I have been studying. Do you know how retest go I'm sure all the questions are different

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    Scott Barber

    That's interesting, I thought what I studied was fairly accurate to what I saw on the exam. I didn't study enough about site issues, but for the rest of the exam nothing really surprised me. May have just been the version of the exam? Who knows.

    I'm not sure how the retest typically is - I know they have a few different versions of the exam but when others have retaken it I think they saw similar questions. Maybe there's another post on this forum somewhere from someone who had to retake it? I'd browse through the PPD section and see if you can find something that talks about it.

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    Tony Young (Edited )

    Thanks I'll look into it I know with my black spec practice exams they ask mostly the same exact question with a
    few new different questions. I wonder is this the same for ARE. I know the black spec was setup EXACTLY like the ARE

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