So, provincial feed back is telling me I didn't pass it PPD on the first try, that test is a BEAR!!! Almost ran out of time. I reached the Case Studies with 1 hour left on the clock, and found myself rushing through them.
My study materials were;
- Architect Studio Companion, 6th Edition
- Building Construction Illustrated
- Building Codes Illustrated
- FEMA Seismic Design, Chapters 4,5,6
I read ASC and BCI (construction) cover to cover. I paged through BCI (codes) and FEMA, looking at diagrams and becoming familiar with the main concepts. Used Designer Hacks and Gang Chen for practice tests, to which I was getting high scores.
This morning I sat down to take the PPD test, my first test in the 5.0 format. I transferred over to 5.0 after passing SPD, PPP, and CDS last fall. The first question came up, and I had no idea what the answer was. The wheels came off the bus from there. I found myself spending a good amount of time on each question, second guessing my answers. I only remember about a handful or so of questions that I recognized from my study material and practice tests, and was positive I knew the answer to. I reached the case studies with only 1 hour the clock, and reached the second case study with 15 minutes left. I found myself rushing through the case study questions to get them all done. I finished the test, took the survey, and clicked 'ok' for the provincial feedback. The knew the result, and then it was confirmed on the screen, "most likely to fail." I am going to schedule PDD next but have a few questions, any answers and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Do I have enough study materials or do I need to add any?
Should I take PDD right away, or wait and take it closer to my PPD retake?
What other practice test(s) are you using?
Any overall advice for pacing during the test?
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