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    Arthur Molinari

    I am very sorry this happened to you but on the bright side there is a light at the end of the tunnel. When I started in 4 .0 I failed CDS and PPP and then took SPD as my third exam and passed. I then re-took CDS and PPP and passed. I felt that I needed to study for all three exams due to their immense overlap in order to pass them all but I was only studying for the content per each exam mentioned in the study guides independently so by failing the first two in a row And then taking SPD I had then studied a ton for all three and was able to pass all three. I have now failed PPD three times and have studied everything that everyone has recommended and I think it’s just bad luck I don’t think I’m actually doing anything wrong just keep going and you will get it but to answer your main question I would recommend taking PDD to see what kind of animal it is and that way you have taken those three exams which do have overlap and you will do better the next time.

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    Scott Barber

    Hi Loaei, sorry to hear about failing those two exams :(  But as you realized, I think Ballast isn't enough for 5.0 exams.

    I don't think there's a wrong answer for where to go from here. You could study for PPD and PDD together and take them close to one another (I studied for them both about 2 months and passed them two weeks apart), or take them one at a time in whichever order you feel most confident in.
    Since you have to wait 60 days before retaking, I think that's a good amount of time to study any particular exam, but I wouldn't suggest signing up for PDD too soon. 6 weeks would be the shortest amount of time I'd recommend studying, assuming you are a fairly quick reader and can retain that information well. 

    If I were you, I would look at the score report and determine what you knew well and are weaker in. Use that assessment to guide your decision, and determine if you want to take the harder ones first or save them for last. Everyone's preference is unique, and there are pros and cons to either approach, but I don't think there's a completely right or wrong answer. 

    Hopefully your experience with those two exams and the advice from others on this forum (comments on this post and other posts) can be helpful.
    Good luck!

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  • Thank you Arthur and Scott for your invaluable feedback and for your kind words. I really needed to hear your words. I also apologize for my late reply, but I had to keep my mind away from ARE for a while to recover from the experience.

    Well, I considered your feedback and I decided to go ahead with PDD. Actually, I scheduled all the three exams remaining (PDD, PPD, &PA) and I am planining to take them subsequently with four weeks in between. And I am so positive that this time things will work well. 


    I would like to ask your advice regarding your reading style and notes taking as I have hard time retaining and reviewing the material especially for the big exams like PDD and PPD?! 

    I appreciate your feedback., 





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