I was afraid of PDD. There was so much content. So many details. So much math. I took all other exams, and left PPD and PDD for last. Studying for the two together just made sense, there is so much overlap. For my other exams I used Black Spectacles videos and Ballast book and quizzes. They worked great for me. For PDD, I abandoned Black Spectacles, and read through Ballast, but did not get hung up on all the math. The concepts are there, and the subject matter, but they definitely get too detailed and bogged down with calculations. After reading through posts on the NCARB discussion, I switched to Amber videos, Ching's Building Construction Illustrated, Hyperfine quizes and Karin's notes. Karin's notes are great (thanks Karin!!). If you know the material on her study sheets, you'll do great! I also reviewed IBC and paid special attention to occupancy types. I reviewed ADA requirements. Then I just bit the bullet. I took the two tests two weeks apart and passed both. You can too. Know the concepts. Know construction details. Know different types of specs and what specs are for. You don't need to know the IBC, but know how to use it when it's in front of you. And go into the testing room with confidence. Good luck!
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