I have 2 years experience in the field. Last year I started studying for CDS and passed. Started studying for PPP and failed first time. Started studying for SPD and passed. Then continued to study for PPP but failed the final 2 times. I was devastated, my whole plan was to pass CDS, SPD, PPP and then only have to take 2 exams in 5.0. Unfortunately when I transitioned, I only receive credit from CDS 4.0 for Construction & Evaluation 5.0. This means I have to now take 5 of the 5.0 exams.
Within the last 4 weeks, I read several posts related to Program and Analysis and knew that I wanted it to be the first 5.0 exam I took since it is a combination of PPP and SPD. I did review some material for P&A, however most of the content were things I should have already known/read about previously. Honestly when I took the practice exams from Ballast I receive 60% on those exams (as I typically do). I went in knowing enough about 5.0 that the timing would be tight and that I did not need to read all of the case study information. I found out yesterday that I passed P&A! Granted, I think a good chunk of content is related to Site Analysis which I had known from having passed SPD several months ago.
Things to note:
- If you know a question will take you longer to answer, leave it unanswered and come back to it at the end.
- I ended up spending 40 minutes on each Case Study (about 10 questions each), and I should have spent less. USE THE SEARCH IN BOTTOM LEFT.
- make sure you are able to read each question and not spend too much time on 1.
- I honestly did not get a chance to answer every single question on the exam, but I was able to read each one and make sure the ones I knew, I was able to answer.
- I did not find the Site Planning and Design Handbook helpful at all, it's too detailed and I did not retain any of it, other than reading about the Environmental Phase I & II in the Appendix.
- I've never read Problem Seeking.
- I tried to familiarize myself with Building Codes Illustrated better
- I did read Ballast and Brightwood/Kaplan chapters to understand the concepts.
I hope no one else gets stuck in this situation, but here's to hoping we all make it eventually. My plan in the next month is to study for Project Management and Practice Management since those go hand & hand, and have some PPP and CDS material I am familiar with. Then by Fall I want to take PPD & PDD.
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