PPD pass and done with ARE

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    Arthur Molinari

    You can not rely on one resource for any of these exams. It is not a standardized test (yet) where one sitting can ask you generically everything you should know to be a competent architect at a generic level. The day that test comes then they should mandate work experience concurrently with education from day one of first year until graduation (like becoming a doctor). At any rate, the more you cross pollinate with the recommended resources provided in the ARE handbook matrix the better off you are. 3rd party stuff is just a bonus IMO.

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    Seth Wiley

    Congrats. I'm about to take PPD. I wish I had found Amber sooner. It's a real time savers and has IMO the best content of the online resources. I do like how Black Spectacles provides basically mock-up practice exams though. I've found them very useful to get 100% comfy with the testing format. But in terms of content, Amber takes the cake.

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    Christopher Rawlins

    Just passed PPD this morning and it was my final exam!! It was my third time taking the test and this time around I switched up study materials from the recommended sources (ASC, AGS, MEEB, Ching etc.) to the Amber Videos and Hyperfine. Must say, all of them came into play but by far, watching all those Amber Videos truly helped burn images, diagrams and analogies into my brain that reading just doesn't quite accomplish. Everyone learns in a different way but I got the opportunity to receive the Amber materials at the group rate and it was well worth it.

    Big thanks to everyone on this forum. It's been a 1 year long journey and it's finally over. I took a test each month since last August, pass or fail. 6 passes and 6 fails in the end. My current day to day job has been priceless but actually buying the recommended materials and putting in the time and effort to read and digest the information was also a huge help. Licensed Architect here I am.

    Best of luck to everyone who is still working on passing. Stay hungry. Don't ever give up. Accept that the exams are hard and there will be items on the test that aren't in the materials. Do your best and work through it to the end.

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    Zhurong Qian

    Hello Michael Turpin, 

    First Congratulations! I was wondering where I can find the FEMA chapters you talked about?  I googled some but still seems confusing to me where exactly to focus.

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    Michael Molinari

    Zhurong, some other posters noted chapters 4 and 5 in the FEMA doc.  I read them this week and its fairly interesting stuff.  

     

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    Michael Molinari

    Zhurong, some other posters noted chapters 4 and 5 in the FEMA doc.  I read them this week and its fairly interesting stuff.  

     

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    Arthur Molinari

    Michael, I have never met anyone with the same name as me that is so interesting - moreso than studying for PPD lol. (My middle name is Michael so I am often referred to as Michael Molinari).

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    Michael Molinari

    Arthur, when i saw you on here i had a similar thought, its not the most common name, but I have a pretty big family that is fairly well spread out on the east coast.

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    Zhurong Qian

    Thanks a lot Michael!

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    Arthur Molinari

    Michael, I don’t want to take over this thread with personal stuff. Would you mind sharing your email or a social media handle and I reach out to you. I have a decent sized family in NJ, and then a few in 3 other states. I’m wondering if any of our cousins are related somehow.

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    Michael Molinari

    Arthur, 

    my email is mjmolinari024@gmail.com.  everyone else please ignore this!

    Michael T - great call on the FEMA doc.  I think i had around 6-10 earthquake related questions that were easy references to this doc, and the answers were all simple if you read it.  so thanks!

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    Giovanni Cortes

    you guys think FEMA chapters 4 and 5 cover it or should i read more of them?

     

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    David Kaplan

    Giovanni - I only read chapters 4 and 5 and found that to be sufficient, personally. 

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