Passed PDD after a PPD Fail, here is the study guide

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    Jonathan Chertok

    maybe the most straightforward and helpful post ever on here. just so i am clear please david. are you indicating to study PA and PPD sections in ballast for PDD?

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    David Kesting

    Jonathan I apologize for the delay in response and thank you for the note about the post.

    Yes, you should be studying the PA, PPD and PDD sections of Ballast for the PDD and PPD tests. By this time, you should have already read these and highlighted the appropriate material. Just review the highlighted material and hit the other resources I recommended. Look for the overlap in what your studying. Do you see Fire Walls in the Ching Books, Ballast, MEEB and Hyperfine? What about egress and capacity? ADA compliance? If your seeing material that overlaps in all of these books that correspond with each other then pay close attention to that material.

    DO NOT GET STUCK DOING THE MATH IN BALLAST. Its literally about a third of PPD and PDD sections and none of that materials shows up. It will only cause confusion and discourage you for studying. The math you need you will see in Hyperfine and its corresponding study sheets.

     

    Best of luck and remember there are no gotcha questions on the ARE, just pick the best answer based on what is given and dont assume there is more to it thats left unwritten. Eliminate the bad answers for tougher questions and when your doing the case scenario realize that most questions can be answered just by reading whats in the question and not getting bogged down reading all the details of each case.

     

    Best of luck.

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    Jonathan Chertok

    hi. thanks.
    so just to be clear.
    study PA in ballast for PDD
    and review PPD materialism ballast for PDD?

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    David Kesting

    You will need material from the PA, PPD and PDD sections of Ballast for both the PPD and PDD exams. The PA section's material on structures, proximity/adjacemcy layout diagrams, parking, and occupancy/square footage calcs, are quite relevant to PA, PPD and PDD exams.

    Have a strong working knowledge of all three sections (minus the math from PPD and PDD) for both PPD and PDD exams.

     

     

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    Jonathan Chertok

    thanks david.

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