Very glad to receive the official score report with the pass for PPD, and now done with ARE.
PPD was my only failed division, since my area of focus is DD/CD/CA at work and therefore lack front end/planning experience. I dedicated the extra two months to underpin my weaknesses.
Few thoughts on preparing for ARE in general:
- Identify your weaknesses, and invest time and energy in those areas. We have the natural tendency to keep doing things that we are good at because it is comfortable, even though it is a complete waste of time.
- "Reading" is not enough, "knowing" how to apply knowledges is key since ARE questions are always in the form of scenarios.
- Therefore understanding concept is important, seeing how it is applied in different situations is equally important. If resources are not available at work, you need to use your critical thinking, a bit of imagination and this ARE community.
- Time management during the exam. For PPD, finishing the 100 multiple choices in the first 120 minutes was key for me.
- Get onto NCARB demonstration exam, become familiar with the interface and every tool available; from realizing the calculator is default to 'rad' not 'deg', to coming up with your own ways to work around the time lag. For practice exams, I used Designer Hacks and Black Spectacles.
PPD study resources:
1. The Architect's Studio Companion
2. Building Codes illustrated
3. IBC 2012 (chapters 3-11, 29)
4. Ballast 5.0
5. Brightwood 5.0 (earthquake design, wind design)
6. Heating, Cooling, Lighting (daylighting, electrical lighting, passive solar, passive cooling, etc.)
7. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment in Buildings (HVAC, electrical service, acoustic design, fire protection, etc.)
8. Fundamentals of Building Construction (site work, thermal and moisture protection, finish systems, etc.)
9. Building Construction illustrated
10. Fema454 (chapters 4,5,7,8)
11. NYC Department of City Planning website
I'll be happy to answer any specific questions that you might have. Good luck everyone!
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