FINALLY Passed PDD. This was my 3rd retake of PDD. One more to go - PPD. Here are some things that I found helpful as I prepared:
- Studied everyday for about 2-3 hours. Read notes and study cards on the train, during lunch looked at 20-30 practice questions, read about 1.5-2 hrs of assorted study books, online resources, flash cards every night, and took a practice exam at least once a week for about 4-5 weeks.
- I read study materials out loud to my girlfriend every night. This may sound odd, but reading through things out loud and not in my head really helped the information sink in a bit more than reading to yourself.
- I found online resources by googling things like "seismic bracing", "structural bracing", "economical HVAC systems", "site drainage and design" etc, just to name a few, to start to try and find things that I have not read or used before. I've used most of the study books/materials that others have posted on here like AGS, ASC, Bldg Structures Illustrated (Ching), BCI (Ching), etc. I think this helped a LOT - they were all new diagrams. It was refreshing to see a bunch of new ways to illustrate structural concepts. Links to what I found the most helpful are below:
- Got a good nights rest the night before (did yoga before bed), woke up early the morning of (test was at 9 AM), ate a good breakfast, and was the first person at the testing center so I beat the weekend rush of people coming in to take other exams.
YOU CAN DO THIS! If I can do it, you can too!! Keep studying and keep your mind clear and focused. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!
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