I just took and failed PPD for the second time, and am quite frustrated by this particular test. I took and passed 4.0 CDS, PPP, and 5.0 PDD on the first time with reasonable studying, but PPD is a whole other beast. Both fails revealed that I didn't do too great on any particular section, but didn't do too bad on any section (no 1 or 4 scores), while still not passing the test as a whole. I also didn't feel like I did too bad on this one, which means my intuition for answering is completely off. First time around, I studied with black spectacles, 4.0 jenny/caroline notes, and reading/practice tests from 4.0 ballast/kaplan. The second-time around, I studied a significant amount through other resources to continue to cover other bases including BCI, ASC, Hyperfine, FEMA, etc. I studied for an average of 3-5 hours a day for a month. (more on weekends)
Come test time, I feel like the studying didn't help at all. I even have a good amount of knowledge from my everyday work, and when I got to a question that seems straightforward, (that I handle all the time in real life) the odd wording trips me up and leaves me struggling to figure out how to answer. All of this to say that I honestly don't know where to go from here. Studying doesn't seem to help as I felt very prepared to take this test, and still managed to fail after a month of hardcore studying. It seems like I have to just figure out how to navigate the way these tests are worded more than anything else. After passing all the other ones painlessly, I'm not sure why this one is so confusing to figure out.
I'd appreciate any help/insight as to what I could do to be better prepared next time, as I'm just not sure where to go and how to prepare for the next one in 2 months.
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