Just took and passed (likely) PPD today. This is a different kind of exam than the the other four that I have taken. I have only PDD left.
Unlike the other exams, I felt that the questions were intended to be a little bit more tricky. More in the "gotchya" kind of realm of the SAT's or GRE's. Not a great feeling. In fact, I usually tell people that the ARE exams are not trying to trick you too much. But for this one, I would definitely stay on guard.
The quality of the question writing also seemed a bit different. Maybe because PPD and PDD test such a wide range of knowledge, there are more questions than the quality assurance could handle? One or two questions I read and reread a few times and still couldn't quiet understand what the intent was. Again, a very different experience than the other exam questions, which I felt were clear in their intent.
All in all, I feel like this pass was more about luck for me. The study material felt a bit intimidating in its breadth and I never felt like I got a firm grasp on all the knowledge. When people asked me what the test was about, I would unironically say all of architecture. Thankfully this exam kept more to general concepts, so I could use my work experience (6 years) to get me though it.
For this test even more than the others, I highly recommend good test taking practices like highlighting key words in a question and striking through answers that you can rule out. I definitely wrote out, checked and double checked all my calculations.
Stay alert! Good luck all!
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