So I took PDD today and failed. After failing PPD I took advice from many and subscribed to Amber Book. The videos and book were good references and I soaked up all of the information given...the problem is/was hardly any of that stuff was on my PDD exam. I left feeling like I had wasted over a month of studying and preparing for this exams based on what turned out to be basic principles and basic information from Amber Book. I looked over MEEB images, Olins, Fundamentals of Building Construction, Ballast, Graphic Standards, I even went back and did some 4.0 Kaplan exams. I just do not think I am getting the proper study guides to prepare me to take these exams. Another example, on my PDD test I feel that within the regular questions I had around 20 fill in the blank problems, which required solving complicated equations, which I am familiar with and tried my best to solve, but it is very difficult to solve a problem with an exact number to fill in instead of multiple choice. At least with multiple choice you have a way to double check your work and if something doesn't add up, you have a chance to go back and check. SORRY FOR THE RANT...I'M FRUSTRATED.... I have followed the NCARB recommended top resources, bought countless other books that were recommended, done Amber book TWICE....I just don't know what else to do?? I am at a loss, any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
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