I am a much older candidate in my testing compared to most of you. I am 48 years old and have worked in the Architecture and Construction Sectors most of my adult life. I want to pass a little thing on to y'all about the case studies.
I'm not sure how you approach the case studies, but many make comments about running out of time on them.
I just passed the PPD test yesterday with more than an hour to spare after going back through all the questions to be sure I was happy. I know that my experience makes a number of the questions easier but I wanted to let y'all know about how I approach the Case Studies in particular.
I read the Scenario information and then go directly to the questions. Don't waste time looking through all of the other information. The tabs are just there as reference information. You can usually figure the answer out with out even going to the references. It seems the ARE tries to give you information overload.
Simplify your approach and trust yourself. We are all capable and intelligent people or we would not be on this career path. Mine has just been more circuitous since I do not have a degree. Unfortunately, my path is closed to anyone younger than me.
I spent 5 years as a fire fighter and we were taught "slow is smooth and smooth is fast". I know it sounds corny, but it is true. Take time and stay calm. You will do so much better and you all know far more than you think. These tests are all about Analysis! You have the knowledge base! Use it!
If I can I know that all of you can!
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