PDD passed & ARE done - notes on my preparation & test experience

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    David Kaplan

    Congrats!

     

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    Daniel Pleitez

    You really read MEEB cover to cover???

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    Seth Wiley

    Hi Daniel. MEEB - yes. I certainly skimmed portions. But I took what I could from it. It’s a great book. It’s already helped me in practice.

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    Eric Winter

    Congratulations!

    Your posts have been a great resource.  Would you be able to share your study notes for PDD?

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    Seth Wiley

    Sure Eric. But I warn you that my PDD notes are very short and condensed. I really just focused on the critical building technical and life safety items - to make sure it was basically impossible that I would not pass the test. So it became more about being a sound professional after the test rather than passing the test in and of itself - if that makes sense to you. So possibly just focus on your weak areas / gaps in your knowledge and study to those. Focus on structures, loading combinations, mechanical systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, sprinkering, fire protection, egress, etc. - absolutely critical stuff. Best of luck to you!

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/14lF-8glbACgo43I7PpTze887OaJHOY9l/view?usp=sharing

     

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    Eric Winter

    Thanks Seth, this is all very useful!

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    Juan Fable

    Seth,

    Congratulations on your pass! Per your review, it seems like this test has a lot of computations, did the Amber book helps on those calculations? Also, did you 'master' the question #5 on amber book?

    I'll be taking my CE, PPD, PDD in 1-2 months from now,  they are spaced at a week to each other. I already finished the whole amber book video series as well, I'll need to re-read the book and answers.

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    Seth Wiley

    Hi Juan. Thank you very much. It’s very nice to be done and getting my state licenses now.

    Amber is a great resource - for calculations as well as broad concepts. I did master that specific as well as other computations. However, I am a PHIUS certified passive house designer, so I basically already knew how to do it.

    Good luck to you too. I feel like PPD & PDD are VERY similar. And I thought CE was like the early tests. If you haven’t already, get the CSI Practice Manual used for the CDT certification. I’m also a certified CDT and it’s quite useful for CE.

    Best of luck. Make it inevitable!

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