Ballast practice question 370

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    Rachel Shillander

    Honestly, I find the Ballast study material to be way too subjective. They give answers to questions that I just know are false from years of practicing. I found so many mistakes in the study material I stopped trusting it was helping.

    Switch to Hyperfine and Black Spectacles practice exams. Black Spectacles has four exams and loads of questions in the same format as the actual exams. I am not as big a fan of the BS videos, but the practice exams are very helpful. I would go through them and google the answers as I went, pinning key information to a pinterest board I came back to for studying topics later. Even with googling answers I would still Fail the practice exams every time. It's about getting to the information I needed that was helpful. Hyperfine is probably the best study material, and is also the most affordable. The way he gives you problems and explains them in videos is the most helpful. Also DK Ching's books. He makes everything so clear.

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    Kellie Locke

    Thanks for the response, Rachel. I completely agree, and Ballast is far from my primary study material. For this test, I've not even read the study guide, just using the practice exam and questions. I'm no stranger to all the other third party material out there, and I also rely heaviest on the sources listed in the ARE Handbook, Ching included. 

    Quality of Ballast aside, the definition of a setback does not seem subjective to me, so I wanted to bump this back to the top of the recent discussions list to see if anyone can comment on the question at hand. Setbacks will vary since they are set by the zoning code, however the question is: Is an upper story setback requirement typically from the property line, or in addition to the building setback? 

    I feel pretty strongly that my answer is correct (upper story setback is still from the property line), but this topic is very much fair game on the exam (I could also see this on a PA exam) and I want to be clear.

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