PPD - preliminary pass & my notes

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    Elif Bayram

    Hi Seth,

    Congrats!!! And thanks for sharing your notes. Do you mind if I ask how did you score on Black Spectacles exams right before the actual test? 

    Thanks!

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    Seth Wiley

    Right before the exam I was doing the Kaplan prep questions and Amber prep questions. I was getting about 75% - 80% correct on those. Previous to that when I was doing the Black Spectacles prep tests I started getting about 52% then progressed until I was getting about 68%. In the end though, I just felt like I had a solid grasp of all the material and I felt confident. So I think it's more about being able to gauge where you're at personally rather than what a score might be on a test. Sometimes we just screw up on tests and they're not good indicators of what we really know, if you know what I mean. Good luck. I wish you well. Do not give up. Do not get frustrated. 

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    Sora Yim

    Hi Seth,

    Thanks for sharing your notes.  I have the PPD test scheduled in a month and it has been overwhelming just to see all the materials that I have to study.  How long did you spend to study for PPD exam?  

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    Seth Wiley

    I spent 3-4 months studying for this test.

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    Canuto DeLeon

    Congratulations Seth, thank you for sharing your experience!

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    Giovanni Cortes

    Thanks Seth, thanks for sharing. One question ,i see you have a lot of notes for allowable floor areas on building types, are you supposed to memorize this or are they giving you charts during the exam to extrapolate? Do you also have to memorize the max spans in all structural elements? Did you get many questions on road design and landscape and windbreaks?

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    Seth Wiley

    Thanks Canuto. And good luck to you!

    Giovanni - you should certainly read the NCARB ARE 5.0 Handbook which does an okay job of telling you the subject areas, reference materials, and resources available during the test. Beyond that, realize that I made my notes to addresses my weaknesses on topics relevant to the ARE. So you're weak areas may be different. Also, as I got deeper and deeper into ARE I realized that I was actually making professional notes for me to be better at what I do. I hope that makes sense to you. Not everything I wrote down is on the test, but I felt I needed to know it to be competent enough to feel comfortable taking the test and not failing. That was my goal in making notes and taking the tests - not failing. I purposely erred on the side of over-preparation to make as sure as possible that I would walk in and pass the test, and in the process be a better professional afterward. So best of luck to you. Stay humble and try to identify your weaknesses - study to improve your weaknesses. 

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    Giovanni Cortes

    thanks Seth.

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