PPD Study Materials

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    Kellie Locke

    These categories are super broad, and make up the majority of the test, so just about anything NCARB recommends in the handbook is going to be helpful for these sections. I'm currently studying for PPD, so I can't speak to how well my approach is working yet, but I can say I've spent a big chunk of my time on Architect's Studio Companion and Building Construction Illustrated. If you don't already have those 2 books, I would say definitely get them. I think those have both gotten me a lot further along in studying. To Cassie, ASC is great for MEP. 

    Secondary recommendations would be Heating, Cooling, and Lighting, and Hyperfine assignments. At the end of the day, it's hard to say what's really playing into these two sections, because again, they cover a vast amount of material. Sticking primarily with the NCARB recommended resources over third party is always the best way to go in my experience!

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    Cassie Beckwith

    I just took PPD and failed. I read the chapters in Ballast 5.0 and now I feel like it was a waste of time. I need to find the best resources to study for MEP and Structural concepts. The Ballast chapters covered so much and 60% of it was not even mentioned on the test.

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    Susan Scarlet-Macaw (Edited )

    Try Architect Exam Prep study group. You have 30 days to test yourself and they have many questions that are helpful and make you think by understanding the material. https://architectexamprep.com 


    also watch videos by this guy https://youtu.be/We4RQ2kYU4s to understand structural concepts. 

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    David Kesting (Edited )

    Hyperfine for $50 is money well spent. Architect studio companion, ching’s building construction illustrated, and MEEB are your best bets.

    Ballast isn’t a waste, but you need to focus on PA, PPD and PDD as they don’t have the sections clearly defined for the test. The structural systems in ballast are actually all in PA for some reason, you should ignore all of their math expect the gross to net area calcs.

    I like ballast as it gives me a good reference for what’s in all the other books I’m reading and when I see the same material in ASC or MEEB or Ching then I really pay attention to what I’m reading.

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