Study Plan/ Strategies to study for PDD separately AFTER doing PPD

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    David Kaplan

    Lila,

    Here is my post detailing exactly what I studied in the 10 days I had between PPD and PDD, hope this helps:

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360000867908-PDD-Pass-Study-Approach 

    Main thing is construction details, details, details.  Use the ARE 5.0 Handbook, look at those question types.  That really does cover the bases well of what to expect in this exam.  If you are very comfortable with navigating a set of Construction Documents, that will be huge for you.  If not, I suggest you take the time to really understand how a set of drawings is set up, how are details keyed, how are drawings related to one another.  If there's a change in the project - what drawings need to change as a result?

    Good luck!

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    Scott Barber

    Hi Lila, 

    I agree with David's advice, the level of detail is the main difference between these two exams, so focus on knowing details between all the systems and assemblies you studied for PPD. 

    Not sure what you looked at for PPD, but I think the best book for PDD is Architectural Graphic Standards, followed closely by Building Construction Illustrated. AGS has a lot of details that will be helpful to make sure you have a solid understanding of a range of conditions. There may be other materials that are good to look at, but I think it depends on your experience in this area and what you've already studied for PPD. 

    Good luck!

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    Robert Hott

    I just passed PDD yesterday, which was my last exam! I scheduled PPD and PDD two weeks apart and studied for PPD only before the test and only looked over construction documents, A101/201/B101/201, IBC 2012, details and structures in the two weeks between them. The tests were very similar, except PDD focused more on small details and project delivery and PPD was more on schematic design and site information. Many of the questions were things you really couldn't study for. Like they give you a set of variables and a CD level drawing, and they ask you to drag and drop the items onto the drawing that reflect the variables they gave you. Could have to do with updating ceiling fixtures, walls, doors, fire ratings, waterproofing or insulation, etc. It's very important to be able to filter out information that isn't needed to solve the problem they give you. Compared to the 4.0 exams, 5.0 just likes to give you an entire paragraph of a question and really only the last sentence mattered at all. I ran out of time on PPD because I kept reading everything too carefully, on PDD if I got a really word heavy problem, I'd read the last sentence first, then read the entire question to know what's important. I only used ARE 4.0 study materials, Jenny's notes and Caroline's notes are great, I used the Thaddeus and amber book videos also and a bunch of ARE 3.0 flashcards from my job. I also printed out and took notes on the syllabus provided by black spectacles. 

    Good luck!

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    Lila Jiang Chen

    Hello everyone! Sorry for the late reply, but thanks you so much for the advice!  I guess I wont have time go over much summer, but hopefully I can take it before I lose too much PPD knowledge XD.

    David, thats a really detailed plan u have there in the link, wow!

    Robert, what do u mean by "A101/201/B101/201"? I feel that way too for these exams... you rly cant study for the questions since a lot of them test comprehension/analysis of a specific scenario...

     

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    Kristen Charters

    Lila,

    I'm a little late to the game but I just made a post about my retake of PDD which you might find helpful.

    I believe Robert is referring to the AIA contracts. I would recommend reading them if you haven't already and also look over  Caroline's CDS notes as she has a good overview of the contracts or alternatively, listen to the Schiff Hardin lectures. Since the contracts are part of the project manual, it is possible to get questions on them and therefore it wouldn't hurt to read them.

    Good luck!

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