I just got a "likely passed" for PPD. It was my second time taking it.
I won't go into my study techniques too much because other people have already done a great job with suggestions (my quick take: read Building Construction Illustrated, The Architect's Studio Handbook, do the Case Study Demo Exam, have a job that gives you decent experience).
The subject of this post starts with my curiosity about how I did on the PPD exam. I know that NCARB says "Descriptive feedback is not provided on passing score reports as the exam is designed to assess your ability to practice architecture—not to be used as a “teaching tool.”
My question is: Why not?
Surely exam questions and case studies will be retired eventually. And real world practice does not always give architects or candidates the opportunity for the high level and comprehensive review of skills and decision making like an ARE exam.
I would love to see what I did wrong and even why what I did right on the exam.
I'd love it so much I'D BE WILLING TO PAY FOR IT.
Even if I'd have to wait 2, 3, or 5 years for an exam or portions of it to be retired and publishable, I would purchase my exam assessment and read it like a valuable monograph.
All this test data is just sitting in a server farm someplace. At the end of its shelf life why not squeeze one last modest, reasonable, fair, (and did I mention modest) piece of value out of it by selling it to the exam taker?
I get the impression that NCARB isn't shy about seeking new revenue streams (no judgments!)
Just an idea.
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