Reaching out for some guidance.
I started on 4.0 and managed to pass 5 tests (after struggling with CD & PPP a bit) then ran out of time and was forced to convert to 5.0. I've now taken PPD and PDD 3 times each and have failed every time.
To give you a sense of my background, I have over 12 years of solid experience (large commercial/mixed-use) from concept design through construction, many of which (fortunately) are projects that got built. In this particular case, I studied for over 3 months at least 20+ hours a week, created a small study group with peers, took over 40 pages of notes and discussed issues with engineers in my office that were out of my comfort zone. Below are the sources I've thoroughly used for both tests:
IBC 2015, Building Code/Construction Illustrated, Architect's Studio Companion, Graphic Standards, MEEB, Ballast/Kaplan, FEMA and countless practice exam questions. I've also spent a good chunk of time lurking these forums reading other people's testing strategies/approaches as well as brain dumping after each test.
My last attempt at PDD (today) was coming off the heels of a narrowly failing test report from my last attempt. Overall, I felt pretty good about the MC, knew the majority right off the bat and only marked a few. There were a few snags in the case studies but nothing substantial, at least I didn't think so. No issues with the time frame. Then I get the provisional feedback of likely failed.
I cannot express how incredibly frustrating this process has been. In the past, I've attempted to connect with NCARB for some guidance since my fail count has been so high. Unfortunately, I haven't really received any useful tips other than "read the study material" or "read the forums".
Am I missing something huge here? I knew this process wouldn't be a cake walk, but good lord, this is getting out of control. The clock is running out on me too.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
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