Good afternoon ARE Community.
I took PPD today and received my preliminary pass. I did not have to take this test multiple times - just once. Now I'm waiting for the official notice from NCARB.
I'm posting here with notes and experience in the hopes it will help others.
Thank you to the ARE Communtity. It is very valuable to have such a community and exchange information. Thank you - yes, you sitting right there looking at the computer screen.
OK, my experience:
This test is hard in that ARE way...I thought there were lots of badly worded questions and many that were clearly trying to word things in a way that made them "challenging". So I definitely had to focus on not loosing my cool during the test. I used basically ALL the time - I had 5 minutes left at the end. I felt pretty solidly familiar with the material on the test - look at my notes (link below) to get a sense if you want. I found a test preparation strategy to be: study all the resources (books & websites) in my notes, do the Kaplan and Black Spectacles prep tests and problems along the way to gauge improvement; then I did the Amber Course at the end to pull everything together. Amber is great, but I would not recommend it as a "study replacement" as it's billed; I would call it a very good "study capstone" to pull everything together and set you on a solid path to victory building upon all the work done prior to an Amber "capstone".
Here are my notes...link to my 42 page PDF notes on my g-drive...I'll keep it up for a few weeks:
That's all. Good luck to you.
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