I just received the official report so wanted to share my experience for those of you who are checking here constantly and anxiously like me. Some ARE background info:I passed CDS in April and failed PPP in May earlier and passed PJM at "first" try. Quotes because I think studying CDS and PPP helped me a lot to pass this one.
My exam notes:
- Listen Schiff Hardin Lectures. Specifically contract ones. The exam was heavily on Contracts and Responsibilities of Parties. I probably listened these 2-3 times.
-There were +10 math questions. They require simple math however they can be tricky sometimes. Use your sketching, section drawing knowledge if you feel like you need to visualize the question or question is based on a drawing that may need to be visualized in 3D as well. Of course, study conversions between feet, yard, sf, sq yard etc...
- Like everybody says: Study AHPP. I read all related/recommended chapters and I think I had most questions from chapters; 9,10,13 & 16 I read each of these chapters twice and created my own questions. I have subscription of a online quiz making site and I create my own questions. There were at least five questions very similar to mine, actually almost same.
- Study Project Delivery Methods, I wasn't expecting this much question but thank god I have studied them.
-Study Programing related issues. You can review Ballast 4.0 PPP chapters and questions.
- I had Ballast 5.0 review manual and practice exam. I just read PCM and PJM sections once and took the exam twice. It was helpful but be careful there are some wrong/misleading questions and info in those books.
- I have Designer Hacks subscription too but I don't think it helped much with this exam.
- I started with multiple questions (73 Qs) took the break and did Case Qs (22) but my timing was not great because questions were long and options needed to be carefully evaluated. I felt really tired after the exam. I have hard time to focus on for longer periods in general though.
- Case Studies: They take a lot of time. I had 22 case Qs and spent 80 minutes just for cases.
- At the end of multiple questions I felt that I passed. After Cases questions I wasn't feeling so sure because it took so long and I was tired.
I hope this helps some people because I benefited a lot from this blog. I have a long way ahead of me so see you on t other exams!
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