Just past PA...My first 5.0.....thoughts

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    Derek Mason

    I used the AEP for the CDS 4.0 exam and realized that I needed to read and review other material. I passed the exam on the second try. Then I transitioned to 5.0 and bought their Whole Enchilada. I finally got all their packets, but one, the PjM. Too late now since I passed that exam without them.  

    One big thing I noticed was a lot of cross over with their material. Same paragraphs and subjects that they simply re-packaged it.I stopped looking at them. I wasted my money. 

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    David Kaplan

    Joseph,

    Hey man congrats on getting through PA.  I did the 4.0/5.0 transition and had the same experience - AEP was great for 4.0, terrible for 5.0.  Your assessment is spot on - it's more in the flash card realm of studying vs. application.

    I did PA, PPD, and PDD under 5.0, and after having scoured this forum for study material tips, enough people out there said to stick with the NCARB Handbook resources.  I'm glad that I did.  I found those books to be much more helpful and better aligned with the exams.  I personally stayed away from 3rd party materials for the most part, but others on here have had success with those, so I encourage you to look on here and see what people are recommending.

    Good luck!

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