PPD - A different kind of test

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    Steven Aydelott

    Test was intimidating and felt unprepared. I’ve passed all but this one. Any recommendations on study material?

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    Christopher Perrodin (Edited )

    Not much more to add on top of what other's have commented on. I'm also not sure how much of the study material stuck in my head. I felt like there was a good amount of studying overlap between PA and PPA in the Ballast 5.0 book, so that helped some. I also looked at the Building Construction Illustrated and the Architect's Studio Companion book a lot. For some of the questions, I just happened to know the answers from things I learned in school. Building Code Illustrated was a good resource as well for the construction types and fire rating questions. I've also lucked out because some of the building code questions related to a problem that had come up for a project I'm working on in CA.

    Really though, I also just happen to be working through the earlier SD and DD phases of a project now, so I've been picking stuff up more serendipitously in the office. I am lucky to in that the project's building construction aligns with the questions the ARE likes to throw at you. Additionally, the projects in our office typically have smaller budgets, so a lot of conversation comes up about how to maximize the efficiency of the foundations and MEP systems. For the bigger budget projects I've worked on, efficiency doesn't come up as much.

    Maybe some areas to look at would be knowing what is in zoning code vs building code? That helped me out on a good number of questions in the exam.

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    Gang Chen

    Thanks for sharing.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    John Vogt

    I just took and failed PPD today. I have to say unlike the op, I found the questions to be hyper specific.  I felt so unprepared.  I had read through Building Construction Illustrated, Architect's Studio Companion, and Building Code Illustrated multiple times. I also studied the Site Planning Handbook, AGS, MEEB for accoustics, and ch 4-5 of the FEMA book.  I feel like I probably could've answered the questions I was able to answer had I not spent any time studying at all. 

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