PPD fail, hope for PDD?

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    Michael J

    Hi Olivia, 

    I just failed the PPD exam yesterday as well and I'm taking the PDD exam this Friday. Totally understand where you are coming from.

    I'm going to power through this and I suggest you do the same as well. I'm taking my time to read through past notes which are helping me remember what I was not confident answering on my PPD exam.  I know there is a lot of overlap between the two so I'm just going to keep pushing.  

    These notes are really helpful for me and I hope you have seen them before but if not please take a look: 

    https://gumroad.com/arevisuallearning

    Best of luck! 

     

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    Olivia Theriot

    Ugh, I'm sorry to hear that, Corey! It's such a bummer. I have seen those notes before, but didn't study them for this last exam. I had forgotten about them, so thanks for the reminder!

    I think you're right. Take the time to review things I didn't feel confident about and fill in the gaps as much as possible. Good luck to you on this next one!

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    Jessica Deaver

    Olivia and Corey,

    I was right there 4 months ago. I did the same thing scheduling a week apart and failed both PPD and PDD back to back. Both after lots of studying and feeling confident going into the exam. I'm happy to say I passed PPD last week and am looking forward to re-taking PDD in three weeks.  Stay strong and focused. You take the exam until you don't have to anymore.

    If it at all helps, after my fails I broke down what I didn't know and realized that I was reading so much from text books that I wasn't retaining and began to re-think how I took notes. Especially for the PPD and PDD exams that are so information heavy and broad in topic I recommend taking a look at these sites for taking notes from textbooks and studying from those notes for retention. Hope this helps! We can do this!

    https://lptutoring.com/take-notes-textbook-right-way/

    and this one on the Cornell method of note taking.

    http://lsc.cornell.edu/notes.html

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    Olivia Theriot

    Hi Jessica,

    Congrats on the PPD pass! It's good to hear that you are looking forward to your PDD retake. As frustrating as it is, it's encouraging to hear that others have gone through the same thing.

    I'm very interested in the links you provided. I feel like I understand the material as I'm reading it, but upon review, it doesn't feel like I've retained enough as I should have. Much of the time I'm asking myself, how do you not remember this?! So I will give those articles a read! Thanks for the suggestion.

    Good luck on PDD! Let us know how you do. :)

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    Olivia Theriot

    Update: I passed PDD yesterday! Went in feeling refreshed after a few days off from studying. I think I really needed that mental break. :) So there is hope!

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    Jessica Deaver

    Congratulations Olivia! Any advice? I'm testing in PDD in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to be done.

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    Olivia Theriot

    Thank you, Jessica! I'm so relieved. Just one more left!

    I think the scale comparison blog post from NCARB is really the best way to describe this exam. It felt like a pretty comprehensive exam in that it covered everything from assemblies to documentation to specifications and more (like the handbook says it will). My biggest take away is to know your details and know your way around a set of drawings.

    Looking back at my study materials, I think the Amber videos and Building Constructed Illustrated helped me the most for this one. I splurged on the Amber videos and it was so worth it!

    I didn't have a second to spare on this one. I didn't even have time to go back and check my answers. That said, I decided before the exam that I wouldn't rush. I read each question a couple times through and made sure I understood what was being asked instead of rushing to select an answer. I think this really helped me.

    Honestly, I didn't encounter anything too scary. If the question was intimidating, I gave myself a second to decipher what was really being asked. Usually it's not as complicated as it might initially seem.

    I hope this helps. I'm sure you'll do great! Good luck!!

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