PPD and PDD pass. Testing Timeline and Encouragement to STICK WITH IT!

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    David Kaplan

    Congrats that is a good story!  Enjoy your summer off from studying!

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    Austin Fox

    Will,

    Congratulations! I've failed both PPD and PDD and looking to take my second attempt in July. Thank you for the inspiration, your story is awesome! Best of luck to your career.

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    ANGELA FERRIGAN

    Congrats! I'm considering taking them back to back since they are so closely related. I also like that you didn't look at your score until you finished both exams. A bad result can really mess with your head. One question about the study materials...was Ballast 5.0 a valuable resource for you? Right now I'm struggling with Building Materials and Systems and I like third party resources because they aren't as painful to get through compared to BCI and ASC. Any advice on this would be appreciated!

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    Will G.

    Angela - I strongly feel the Ballast 5.0 books go WAY too in depth.  Their practice questions and practice test on the other hand I felt were a great resource.  For PPD and PDD, I read and took detailed notes on Arch Graphic Standards, Building Construction Illust., Building Codes Illust., & Architects Studio Companion.  I would even sketch the sections and diagrams to further understand the concepts.  That being said, the thing that got me over the edge and passing was my understanding of the actual questions and having the stamina to assess what they were asking.  Best of luck to you!!

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    Michelle NCARB

    Congratulations Will!  Glad to hear you acted on your whim to give the tests another shot!

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    Scott Barber

    Congrats, Will! I'm sure it's a relief to be done with the exams, glad to hear of your success!

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    Mel D.

    Wow Congratulations....thats really a great experience to end your exams that way!

    Will - so you didn't study much at all before you went in there after your long break from the exams of 5 months? 

    I posted early today about my situation . I have taken PPD twice and failed and just done my second fail of PDD (took it this past monday 5/14). I have my third retake coming up of PPD on (May 30th). Ive gotten some advice to reschedule my third try at PPD on May 30th.

    How did you feel so much calmer taking the exams (and ultimately passing them!)if you didn't review or study?

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    Will G.

    Hi Mel – The 4 days leading up to the exam, I watched all the videos on Mike Ermann's YouTube channel as a refresher.

    For me, I went in knowing I couldn’t rely on any last minute cramming.  I was there to submit myself to the test and approach it from a calm, relaxed standpoint.  After 6 months of incessant studying and test taking for PPD and PDD (in addition to a combined 8 months of studying and test taking for the 4.0 tests), I couldn’t logically deny that I was prepared.  Not to mention my brain was fried!!  I’ll also mention, I started a job in February that involves weekly CA on multiple projects, so I was able to materialize a lot of the information I had studied.  Additionally, after 3 tries in 5.0, the format was very familiar.  All that happened to culminate into two passes.

    Its important to feel confident that you're adequately prepared, across the board.  But each person's mental "bandwidth" is different.  I needed to rest and shift my focus before I could re-approach the test.  That's me and I encourage you to find out what works best for you.  The best of luck with your next round of test taking!  YOU'RE NOT ALONE!!

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    RJ

    Best advice so far! sometimes the 'sensory overload' just causes you to keep hitting a brick wall and you need to just 'back off'. I will try this because I too have 'years' of studying invested in this exam and I'm sure all it is - is just a 'cramped brain muscle that needs a little downtime'

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