PDD Pass and Done- Study Material Recommendations

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    Gang Chen

    Congratulations! I am glad my book was helpful.

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

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    Taylor Hohertz

    Congrats, Kelsey! 

    PDD is my last exam and I'm planning on taking it for the third (and hopefully FINAL) time in a few months. I'm using the same materials as you used, but wanted to see if I could get a more in-depth response from you regarding how you felt about the exam? Specifically, did you feel more prepared this time around and did you feel like you were able to answer questions with more assertiveness and assurance (like "I know the answer to that!") compared to your previous attempts. When I previously took PDD I felt like there were things I was able to comprehend, but there was also a lot of guess work involved, probably much more so that what I would have liked. My score reports varied both times that I took the exam, however I feel like my problem was that I did more skimming and less thorough reading through things like the AGS and BCI, etc. I'm planning on taking a fuller approach to the materials this time around. 

    Thank you for the write-up on your study methods and materials used! And again congrats!   

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    Kelsey Nicole Tessier

    Hi Taylor,

    Yes, I felt much more prepared for my final attempt than the previous attempts. I studied 190 hours for my third attempt vs 90 hours for my previous two attempts, so the study time difference alone made me much more prepared. During my break I thought to myself "If I don't pass this exam, I do not know what else to study." I did get a few odd ball questions, but only one or two. Almost everything I knew or had enough knowledge on to make an educated guess. I did not mention in my write up above but I changed my test taking strategy for my final exam. I always start on question 13 (my lucky number) this time I skipped every math question or any other question that looked like it was going to take longer than 2 minutes to answer. I went through the entire test then came back to the longer/harder questions. I attempted all these questions (every question was answered, although several were marked) I read the first case study then took my break. I think approaching it this way made me feel more confident as I was able to answer the questions I knew correctly first then get into the longer more challenging questions. After my break, I knew I had every questioned at a minimum answered and I was able to focus on the case studies and not get so stressed about the time. 

    My best advice for preparing is use practice questions, after all the test is about selecting the correct answer. Getting practice choosing the correct answer and understanding why you choose the wrong answer is very valuable. I learned about sealants because I missed a practice question and I spent an hour looking up all different kinds of sealants and where they are used (butyl vs latex vs silicone). Same thing with roofing (TPO vs EPDM vs Single Ply vs Built up) and insulation (EPS, XPS, Polyiso). I read about all of these items, but I did not really learn how they were applied until I got practice questions asking me to select the correct one... and I picked the wrong answer. I used practice questions as an opportunity to study not as a way to gauge my readiness for the test. I think the assurance you mention not having could be not being well versed enough in all the different terminology. I have also learned, don't EVER ignore looking up the answer to a practice question because you think it is not relevant, you will probably get a questions very similar on the exam... I learned the hard way, a few times! :)

    Hope this helps!

    Kelsey

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    David Kesting

    Thanks for the input. I’m planning on taking pdd. Soon and would like to know more about the Miltalski Structure Course. I cannot find this online. Can you clarify this course or include a link? Thank you!

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    Kelsey Nicole Tessier

    Hi David,
    Here is the link:
    https://www.prepareinc.net/content-descriptions

    If you purchase the product, make sure you figure out how to use the EQUALS practice questions. I dint realized these were included until 1/2 way through my month.

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