Prep Courses?



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    Patrick Edwards (Edited )

    People rave about Young Architects Bootcamp - the only positive posts I've seen yet about 3rd party study material/method.


    I don't believe any prep course alone is enough to pass PDD.


    The only true sit-down prep course I am aware of is Funknaar.

    Two friends took it. I'd say Funknaar is for you if you can afford $3K and you lack self-discipline.

    Otherwise it's most them building up this conspiracy about NCARB and how they make the tests impossible to pass, and the ONLY WAY YOU WILL BE ANOINTED IS BY PAYING US ALL THIS MONEY.

    Enough said.


    A few friends and I got together and each bought Ballast, ARE Prep, and Brightwood.

    NONE of them are even close to good enough on their own.

    Ballast: decent overview, but either too general, or way too technical

    ARE Prep: ok overview for other tests, but a complete waste of $ for PDD.

    Brightwood: not even worth the $. They just repackaged 4.0 material - which isn't bad in itself, but their material is garbage.


    My strategy (for the 5 I've passed, I haven't passed PDD yet) was to use the 3rd party material for an overview, use practice exams to identify weaknesses, and then dive into the books for depth and detail.

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    Allen Tsai

    Thanks Patrick. Very informative.

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