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    Juan Fable

    Hi Daniel congrats on your pass! I hope one day I would be able to say the same. for the spans, I've been seeing rule of thumb like 1/40, 1/30, 1/25 for types of the joist/slab, that said do you think it's wise to memorize them?

    right now i'm just planning to review something along the lines of "2 way slab can span up to 40 feet", or should I know how to calculate/get the depth as well?

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    Asra Zaidi

    congratulations! this was very helpful

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    Daniel Brooks

    Juan, I would say it was less less about the ratios for the length to depth and more about actual numbers for maximum span. I.E. when comparing concrete structures a flat plate can typically span 25' while a waffle slab can span up to 40. As you probably know, the questions are very situational based and when determining what answer is most correct knowing the maximum span a system can support was useful to determine if a system could be applied. 

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    TARA MIRZAEI

    Hi Daniel,

    Congrats for your succeed. It was so helpful. I will start studying soon. I haven't taken any exams yet. It seems PPD and PDD are the most difficult ones. Do you recommend I take those two first? 

     

    Regards,

    Tara 

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    Daniel Brooks

    Tara, 

    I would say that depends on how comfortable you feel with the content/how much work experience you have. From my experiences so far PA, PPD and PDD have a lot of content you naturally pick up while working. Personally, I think with starting with an easier exam like PcM is the right way to start because it will give you a better introduction to how NCARB asks question, and the pacing you should stick to so you finish on time. That way your confidence will build when you finally make it to the last, more challenging exams. You can try going into it first with PPD but I jsut feel like its more of a gamble that way. 

    Hope that helps.

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    TARA MIRZAEI

    Thank you Daniel. It is a good idea with starting with one of the less difficult ones. I agree PPD is like a gamble.

     

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