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    Michael Molinari

    Congrats Baraa, thats awesome.  I'm taking PPD on monday and wondering if you saw a bunch of structural questions, and if so, were they the simple and basic variety or more complex.  Also wondering if the PDD exam was heavy on the structural questions and what the types were.  Structures is where I'm weakest and its giving me the most stress.  thanks

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    Baraa Yakzan

    Michael, 

    I got 2 or 3 structural questions on each of the two exams, but not more. Some of them were simple, a couple not so much. I would suggest the following: know the basics, try to understand the structural systems as much as you can, but do not stress yourself with all the formulas and the complicated things. If you know the basics, you will be able to answer half these questions. You might be left with around 2 questions that you do not know how to solve- this should not make it or break it, you should pass the exam regardless. I'd rather do that than spend 10-15 extra hours of studying structural systems just to answer 1 question on the exam. Makes sense? 

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    Michael Molinari

    yep, thanks... so 30 hours of structural seminar videos are not worth the time.

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    Michael Molinari

    HI Baraa, was there anything on the PPD exam that was a big surprise to you?  something you hadn't studied or paid a lot of attention to?

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    Baraa Yakzan

    Nothing surprising for me. Study well and go in there with confidence and resilience. It is not a difficult exam. You can do it! 

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    Ariel Jamison

    Michael,

    I haven't taken PDD, but when I took PPD, I had just 2 questions on structural, and they were very very general. One was SO general I almost laughed out loud. Review structural systems, know their strengths/weaknesses. Don't spend much more time. Maybe just review the Ballast chapters covering it. Code and site design questions were a much broader category for PPD.

    I also second Baraa in saying, why are PPD & PDD suggested to study together?? At the same time??? No way, just study one and then the next. Also seconded. PA does have a lot of overlap with PPD, but I still wouldn't lump study for any of these tests. Just dont have a gigantic gap between them, you'll have to review old material, but dont try to study so much material at once. They are separate tests on purpose, leave them that way. I also think trying to lump PPD & PDD together leads some people to failure! Because they dont pay attention to the idea that they are different tests with different levels of focus. Granted, I have taken PDD yet, so maybe I'll feel differently later, but for now I completely agree with the sentiment in this post above.

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    Michael Molinari

    Ariel, 

    I passed PPD on monday and agree with your assessment of it.  My last test is PDD and i'm hoping to knock it out in september.  I was definitely sweating structures, but i had less than 5 questions on them and they were all super generic.  So far, the math on each test has been fairly basic algebra, and i wonder if PDD will be the same or if the difficulty will ratchet up.  

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    David Kaplan

    Michael,

    My personal PDD experience was the same as your PPD experience with regards to structures.  5 questions or so, basic math.  Others may have more to add.

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