I finally passed PDD after failing three times. I have been following the posts on this forum but had not yet contributed. I must say that stories of people who had a hard time but finally managed to finish this EXTREMELY difficult exam, were very encouraging to me. So I want to put in my two cents as well.
In terms of studying, I have only two pieces of advice: know your Ching details well (especially Ch. 7) and do not bother memorizing any formulas. I had zero formula questions on my last exam (and maybe a total of 5 in all of the four PDD exams I took combined). I never ever used the formula resources provided during the exam. Another good way to study is by doing practice exams and looking up the concepts that you don’t understand in sources other than the third party ones. Look at Olin, Architects Studio companion, Graphic Standards, MEEB, and look things up online. Te more details and one-line electrical and mechanical diagrams you see, the better.
But in my experience, the thing that really helped me through the finish line, was having an exam-taking strategy and sticking to it. I recommend going through the MC questions once, answering only what you know right away. Leave out anything you have to think about for more than 2 min or any calculations. This took me about 1.5 hrs and I answered about 80 out of 99 questions. Then do the case studies. Give yourself 45 min for each. Then take your break and when you come back you’ll have 1 hour to go through those longer or iffy questions (hopefully between 20-25 of them) and 15 min to review.
Good luck to everybody. This is possible, hang in there!!
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