PPD Pass - 3rd Try

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    Allison Hora

    Congratulations, Canuto! I am in the same boat as you were. Can you tell me what resources you used to study for your third attempt?

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    Canuto DeLeon

    Thank you!
    Ben's Hyperfine Course was my best resource that made me think the most.
    I did do two months of BS and the best part about that is the practice exam.
    I had done Amber for my first two go arounds and only used my notes from it on the third attempt.
    Arch Exam Prep should get a mention too, but they helped me most with the other 4 exams.
    Those were my main sources, but it was really good to go back through my highlights & side notes of the audio & video courses that were made along the way.
    I'm sorry, I feel like I'm saying everything out there.
    Best of luck! You got this!

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    Jason Jarecke

    Canuto,

     

    Buenos Dias!  Thanks for the post.  I have been considering tackling the 20 Case Study questions first as well.  Mainly because I want to know what references are available in these case studies to then use when encountering IBC 2015 or ADA specific questions in the regular body of questions (1-99).  I've been practicing flipping back and forth between case scenarios and regular question in the Demo Exam by using the Exam Summary button in the bottom right of every question.  This will be my first attempt (next Saturday at 12 noon - 5 pm).  

    1. Is this a reasonable expectation to be able to do this flipping around between case study references and regular questions efficiently?  Or am will it be too complicated and time consuming to do this?  Kinda worked for me doing the Black Spectacle exams this way.

    2. Should I also expect that the internet connection will become slower later in the afternoon on a Saturday (even more so given I'm testing on a weekend day?  If so, then I think I should definitely use your approach and get through the Case Studies first.

     

    Thanks!

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    Very practical advice, and it is a good idea to do the case studies first when you had the internet to yourself early in the morning. Scheduling the exam on a weekday instead of weekend may also help avoid the internet traffic jam in the testing centers..

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

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    Jason Jarecke

    Thanks Gang!  Thanks also for you help when studying to pass LEED  BD+C back in 2009.

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    You are welcome! My pleasure.

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

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    Rachel Shillander

    Hi Jackson,

     

    My advice would be to not do the Case Studies first. They are only 20/120 questions. Leave yourself 2 hours at the end. They are not worth anymore than the other questions.

    If I were you, and I thought the Case Study references would be helpful, I would write down the question #'s you think might have resources available in the Case Study's then come back at the very end. Do not spend time on questions you don't know the answers to. Answer what you know first, guess on what you don't, and come back if you have time. 

    On my PDD exam one of the Case Studies was loading so slow, and the zoom in and out feature put me so far zoomed in to white space. I had to pan around and zoom in and out so many times just to find my place in the drawings. I chose to not answer any of these questions till the very end of the exam. I only had 5 minutes left by the time I was able to come back to them. It was 3 questions. That's it. 3! Not worth the time. There were 117 other questions that needed my attention. 

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    Rachel Shillander

    Also, internet time at the test center did not seem to be what was slowing down my loading time. My two case study exams had very different loading speeds regardless of when I was searching for the information. Sorry to debunk your theory Canuto, but this just was not the case for me. One case study was fast and required no zooming to get to the information I needed, the other required exorbitant loading times and impossible zooming and panning. I honestly think it was due to the file size of one of the Case Studies vs. the other. But remember, these are only 20/120 questions. Just saying, don't give the Case Studies more value then they are worth.

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    Jason Jarecke

    Thanks Rachel.  Great input.  Hope I don't get stuck with the case study having the file loading delays.  Much appreciated.

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