I just passed both my PPD and PDD last week, and with that I am done with all my exams. I thought I would share a few thoughts that I did not come across reading through the other posts, I hope this helps someone:
1- PA, PPD, and PDD definitely have a lot in common. I know the vast majority combines PPD with PDD, and that is why I did that too (i took them one week apart). But in hindsight, I would have done it differently. First of all, I felt like there was more overlap between PA-PPD than between PPD-PDD. That's just my personal experience. So if I had to combine the studying of two exams (although i am not a big fan of this idea), it would have been PA-PPD, not PPD-PDD. Another reason why the PPD-PDD combo is not a good idea is that both these exams, especially the latter, have A LOT of material to study. I do not see why I crammed my brain with so much PDD information going into the PPD exam. There was absolutely no need for that. It stressed me out having to retain so much information in my brain. It's true I passed both, but it was needlessly stressful. Bottom line, I would advise a friend to take all three of these exams closely after each other, because they do have a lot in common, but I would not advise to study for any two exams simultaneously.
2- Although the NCARB Handbook recommends it, I would not invest in big, expensive books like MEEB and the likes. My strategy was to get the smaller books because they are concise, cost-effective, easy to navigate through, and you can keep them as a resource in your library if you want. But with the internet and all the free resources you have on there, I do not see why I should be buying an expensive 1200-page book.
3- Black Spectacles Practice Exams are helpful, BUT when it comes to code questions, they are not. They ask too many detailed code questions which I did not get on the exam. So do not get frustrated with these questions... you do not need to memorize the code.
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