I passed the PDD exam on my 3rd try last weekend. I want to say thank you for the helps this community gave to me. I posted a post after my 2nd fail to express my frustration, discouragement and some complains about how confusing some questions are and bad graphic of some construction details questions. However, on this 3rd try, I notice there is a huge improvement of the PDD exam. The bad graphic construction detail question has been updated to a much better/ straightforward question which asks the same type of knowledge of the candidates. And also I have more new questions instead of repeating questions from last two exams. And the new questions are much more straightforward. So I want to thank you NCARB for keep improving the question banks.
I do not want to talk about what I used for study, because there are a lot great posts in this community and I used the same materials that they recommended. I want to talk about what I did between the fails to retake the exam( two months). So basically, I DID NOT stop studying, however instead of studying the same PDD material again and again, I studied PA and passed the PA exam in between. And I think it helps me passing PDD, I learned a lot more and deeper on soil conditions, foundations which overlaps with PDD. Also I see CE study materials would help with PDD exam as well. There are questions on " what the architects should do", project delivery methods and etc. So my conclusion is the more scope you study, the more you will likely to pass.
Another thing is just as other people said in this community, the case study questions are more than before, I had question from NO. 95 to No.120 as case study questions. so be prepared.
Now I feel so relieved to have PPD, PDD, PA down and going to take CE in early December. Thank you everyone who had helped me and encouraged me.
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