PDD FAIL....failed PPD also...Don't know what else to do??

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    Cesi Kohen (Edited )

    Same failed pdd today for the second time. There were couple of questions I got because of Amber books but I was frazzled with some weird calculation problems as well as a lot of questions on contract document stuff.

    I also thought there’d be more systems and detail stuff. I can’t even tell what they were even asking half the time.

    Also sorry another rant.

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    Stephen Smith

    Same here, it seemed like I was studying for a completely different test. It would be nice to have a practice exam with some actual Construction Drawings and questions similar to PDD case study questions. Not that I think I didn't do well on that part, but as we all know drawings a produced differently and it takes time to adjust to different CD sets. No to mention the fact of looking at something on screen with the Zoom In/Out difficulties of the exam contrasts very differently than real world situations where things are still printed out and looked at in hand.

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    Jessica Deaver

    Stephen and Cesi,

    I felt the exact same way after I failed PDD. How did I fail?! I was so confident and studied so hard....ect. Just know that each month long study session is bringing you closer to being done and making you to be a better architect. Try to write down each and every type of question calculation you got on the exams from memory and if you can't remember then write down the topics. Obviously do not share this information but use it to guide your next study session. As an addition to what you are already doing, I found this textbook reading from Cornell University that might help you re-study topics you already covered. http://lsc.cornell.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Textbook-Reading-Systems.pdf

    Don't lose heart and sign up to test as soon as you can. A good friend told me that my mind is only able to hold information for one month before losing what I was reading. She was totally right and I started to focus more when I cut down my time between tests. Hope this helps.

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    Heather Tipton

    Super frustrated as well...I know the material but find the case studies awkward to navigate and the calculation questions unforgiving despite having studied MEEP, Olins, Ching, etc, etc. I wish I hadn't switched from 4.0

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    Kayla Stoker

    I know exactly how you feel! I failed PPD and PDD twice after passing the other 4 exams on the first try. It definitely slowed me down the first time and made me completely re-evaluate my study methods after the second. It really shook my confidence and made me unsure of how to proceed. Somewhat out of desperation I paid for the Hyperfine PPD/PDD course assignments with the addition of the optional case study. Best money on the ARE I have ever spent!! I just passed PPD finally on the third try and will hopefully pull off the same with PDD at the first of the year. It was the perfect change of pace for me. The beauty is it made me think about the topics I had already read and studied to death in a new way. Even though I did not have many questions that resembled the ones on Ben's assignments I felt like my more comprehensive understanding of the topics helped me on almost every question. I can't recommend this enough!

    And as everyone so encouragingly says on here (which has also helped me so much), you can do this!! 

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