Passed PPD on my second try! Didn't bomb anything on my first attempt, but had several areas to improve upon.
There are already more than a few study material recommendations on this message board, so I thought I'd share takeaways from the different preparation approach I took the second time around. Like many others, I have a decent amount of professional experience at this point - so code research and construction details are areas I already had a good grasp on coming into this.
-Bit the bullet and subscribed to Black Spectacles for a month, especially after their official NCARB seal of approval. Watched just about all of them. Some videos are infinitely more helpful than others, but overall a good investment. Make use of the x1.5 speed option...
-Ching's Building Construction Illustrated was probably the best "one stop shop" source, which I supplemented with MEEB (yes, MEEB) when I wanted to dive into more detail. MEEB was quite helpful for the different elevator types, electrical set ups, and acoustic treatments.
-FEMA 454. Knowing typical reasons for and examples of structural failure are key areas to focus on.
If I had to take the test a third time, having a better understanding of the different budgeting approaches would probably be the topic I'd focus in on. Brushing up on basic structural equations would be the second. Unfortunately, I don't know the best resources for either of those. Perhaps someone can chime in?
Good luck everyone! Hope this is helpful.
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