PPD Pass - All Divisions Complete 4 Days to Spare

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    Manojkumar Venkatesan

    Malika,

    Congratulations!! Wow 4 days spare. That’s so scary!! I just can imagine what you would have gone through clicking those answers for the survey and you get to see you results.

    You advise number (3) is something that I should have read last week and I am sure it would have saved me some $$$. I had PPD last weekend and have no idea how I messed up because the questions were straight from the materials I had practiced and knew for sure but I did a lot of last minute catch up just stressed me out and messed with my head during the exam it was my first fail in ARE but anyways I know now that it’s just another exam and still have PDD and PPD retake to get to your end of the lane.

    Congratulations again!! Enjoy the feeling of liberation!!

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    Malika Kirkling

    Manoj,

    Thanks alot! Yes it was a surreal feeling seeing the preliminary results, but I knew before then that I had passed and I think that was the better feeling truly. I didn't need those results to tell me that I'd been successful.

     

    If I could add another important note(s) for me:

    (4) Answer the first 10-15 questions and then complete the Case Study questions. This will allow you to treat these first few questions as warm-ups and then hit the Case Studies while you're still mentally sharp.

    (5) If you don't need to take a break, don't. Sometimes, it's really not worth the mental disruption. For my PDD re-take I skipped my break. 

    Best wishes!

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    Manojkumar Venkatesan

    Thank you for those additional advise. I will try that strategy on my BS practice test to gauge their strength. BTW!! that's the confidence level I am expecting to gain before attempting the  exam. 

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    DANDI ZHANG

    Big Congrats!!

    I am wondering what's the benefit of not studying the day before the exam?

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    Malika Kirkling

    Thanks Dandi,

    The first part of this article explains it pretty well I think. (There are some other links in the article that seem interesting in terms of exams and studying as well.)

    http://theconversation.com/revising-for-exams-why-cramming-the-night-before-rarely-works-67459

     

    Essentially, if we study the night before, that information will not have had enough time to be processed deeply in your mind. It will only become a part of your short-term memory and therefore, when under the stress of the exam it is likely you will not be able to recall that information because it's not yet become real knowledge. In fact, the act of trying to add additional information the day/night before will contribute to your stress (whether you're conscious of it or not) and therefore lack of restfulness, which is essential to forming deeper understanding of the information you've consumed up until that point in your studies. 

    The article explains briefly. 

    In short, you won't really learn deeply anything new in that short period of time before your exam. You're better off resting so that your mind can further deepen your understanding of what you've already learned, so that you can successfully recall the information when the time is needed.

     

    Hope that helps.

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    DANDI ZHANG

    It's so helpful to know that because I not only study the night before, I even flipped thru the material in the test center. Although I have no problem passing, it did feel stressful for sure. I will definitely let my brain digest and not stress it out in the future!

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    This is one way to handle it. Avoiding stress is important, especially the night before the exam.

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    Alan Yang

    Congrats! Did you find PPD much much harder than the rest?

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    Malika Kirkling

    Thanks Alan,

     

    I'm a person who had to transition from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0, so I only have experience with PPD and PDD in the ARE 5.0 exams. For me the hardest ARE was ARE 4.0's Building Systems. However, between PPD and PDD I think PPD was broader in it's scope because there's a lot that goes into the process of Project Planning, and I suppose by sheer volume of the things an architect has to consider to get a project going, I guess it makes sense that PPD could be more challenging than the others as it's where you're starting to bring all the things together to get the project going. 

    I hope that reflection helps. 

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