Happy to report that within the last week I was able to pass both PPD and PDD completing my journey through the ARE's.
A little bit of background -- I tried taking both of these exams a day apart back in May and failed them both, but according to my score report I was relatively close. I closely followed David Kaplan's recommendation for study material (huge thank you to David) and still believe the materials he suggested were very strong resources to prepare yourself for these exams. The only difference between when I took these tests in May and when I took them now, were the Amber videos. I cannot empathize enough how these videos were the bump that I needed to help me pass these two exams. This was the only study material I had added to my regime over the last two months and feel confident in saying that it was well worth the investment. I think if I had originally had these videos at my disposal the first time through I would not have failed.
So with that being said, I think it is vital to take these two close together. There is such a clear overlap in material and you are in danger of forgetting if you wait too long. In the week between PPD and PDD, the bulk of my studying revolved around reviewing details in Building Construction Illustrated and rewatching some Amber videos on construction materials. I'm only 25 and have been in the profession for 3 years and the questions regarding detailing and CD's I felt I could answer with what I had simply learned through work experience.
Anyway, these exams were a real challenge nonetheless and I happy to help anyone out who may have questions or is needing some guidance!
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