Why am I having hard time to benefit from PA posts..? Pease help!

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    David Kaplan

    Elif,
    Take a look at my post here. I've outlined my full study approach to this test as well as described what it covered. Scroll down past the first part about comparing 4.0 to 5.0 https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360000009867-4-0-5-0-Transition-advice?mobile_site=true

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    Osman Bilger

    Dont overthink this test. it was about 30% technical and 70% problem solving on my exam. I would suggest get familiar with the new 2015 IBC method of calculating allowable increases, site analysis, topo, and be alert and well rested for the exam. My PPD post outlines the 2015 change to ch 5 allowable increases.  PPD and PA have a ton of overlap. 

    Just think of PA as the moments in your professional career a client requests your analysis on a site, and prepare a preliminary program with whatever preliminary data is available. Where on this site does it make sense to situate this building? How will water move on this site? Where does it make sense to put a front door on this building given these programmatic requirements? What happens if there are toxic materials like asbestos present? What renovations will need to be made to convert a historic bank into a restaurant given a program. ADA, zoning, IBC implications?

    This was a very open ended exam. All the info you need is in the questions. Read the question twice and understand exactly what they're asking.

    I wouldnt wait too long to schedule PPD after. A lot of people here will say PPD PDD together, but my PPD and PDD exams had nothing in common. Conversely my PA and PPD exam seemed very similar. Lot of the same site, sun, energy topics. Good luck

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    Elif Bayram

    Thanks so much Osman! This helps a lot! I am having a better understanding of what I should study after reading yours and David's responses above. It is good to know to read reference books with an understanding like this. That is why I got panicked earlier. 

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    Elif Bayram

    David, I read the entire post and it is absolutely amazing how much detail you went into to put it together. Thanks so much! I guess, I have a better understanding of what I should focus on now. Unfortunately I don't have much code experience so I am a bit nervous about that part. BCI-2015 seems doing great at explaining it though. I reviewed it but I didn't know I should really focus on issues like; frontage increase before reading your post...So, many thanks again!

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    David Kaplan

    BCI is an excellent book that explains code. I've handled all the code research in our office for about 10 years now. I started with that book. Game changer. Any questions, reach out!

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