I will offer my advice to those studying for this test.
First things first, I crammed for 3 weeks on everything I could find for FREE. The best thing that helped me in answering these questions was having a lot of CA experience with an understanding of construction and what is generally wrong with details. If you don't have the experience putting details together or dealing with a construction set in general, this will be a bit difficult.
What I Studied: (Most of Which you can find for FREE - Look thru old posts)
Building Construction Illustrated (know all the little tiny details in a wall section)
Building Code Illustrated
Architect Studio Companion
Architecture Graphic Standards
Black Spectacles (EXAM's Only to Gauge where they are gathering questions - Provided by the Firm)
Things I ran into, that were not a focus in General Studying:
Wall Section Details (Be Detailed in Studying)
Thermal Calcs (U-Value to R-Value)
Calculating Material Differences
Redlining a Drawing (understanding what is going to change because owner changes, ETC.)
PPD was not related...
When going into the test that is over 4hrs, you must have a game plan. 120 Questions (24-ish of which are Case Studies) plan every moment, you have understand what questions to skip, mark and make note of. Use your break to re-focus then come back and start doing your review of incomplete and marked questions. This test was a marathon brain melter, go in with a plan and avoid being frustrated.
I was confident that I was going to be taking it again and was trying to make sure I knew everything I could for the retake. By the skin of my teeth I passed, PDD was definitely one part study the materials and a lot of how to take the test.
Good luck to everyone out there! I have honestly failed more of these than I care to share, but Passing is possible, even with a full time career, wife and three kids!
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