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    Katie Merten

    David, there are many great study resources that are not "approved" by NCARB, PPI to be one of them (mostly their quizzes).  Use the search function to see other's reviews of study material; most folks use the same core group of books.  

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    David Hoppel

    Thanks! That begs the larger question of why other great study material is NOT approved. It's just extremely frustrating that I find a majority of the content in the study materials doesn't end up on the exam. So I'm trying to manage my time to where I'm studying what will actually be on the exams and unfortunately that's virtually impossible.

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi David,

    I can only speak for Pluralsight when I recount why we didn't go for it. I approached my editing team about the Appproved provider's plan when it first came out. We reviewed the objectives of the plan and some of the requirements for what it took to get approved, plus the cost to get approved and keep the approval.

    The math didn't work out for us, we would be spending too much overhead on keeping the certification. Also, there would be a conflict in how we were attempting to present the information holistically, rather than from a trst spec formulaic perspective (think how Black Spectacles set theirs up...)

    Pluralsight is meant to be a high level big picture view of the exam and delivers high value for less time and money. The provider's program wanted you to follow their format, and Pluralsight's production guidelines didn't match.

    I hope this is enlightening. Keep it real at home and don't let the release of Final Fantasy VII get in the way of your studies!

    Best,

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

    www.paramarch.com

    www.intersectartsstudio.com

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    David Hoppel

    Thanks Kevin. I just don't get the holistic approach when it comes to study material, to a certain extent of course. There's a reason the licensure process involves much more than just these exams. To me, that's the holistic approach. It's also quite appalling that any third party can lobby their product in this forum. I think NCARB and the 3rd party study material system needs better oversight and a refresh. Hopefully someone from NCARB will weigh in here.

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    Kevin Griendling

    David,

    Again, if I may speak for myself and Pluralsight only, I am not lobbying for my product. I answered your question. I specifically spoke with NCARB before this community launched about the rules of the forum, and you will never find me explicitly posting advertisements for my products here. Having a link to my website or a resource of mine that might help you further answer your questions after I answered your question is perfectly acceptable in this forum.

    In fact, every third party provider I have seen post on this forum (and recently there are many) has followed the same rules and respected NCARB's request NOT to "advertise".

    If you are unhappy with third party materials there is a huge percentage of people in this community who would agree that using the source materials listed in the ARE handbook matrix of reference materials is the best way to go.

    Maybe that path is the right path for you.

    Best of luck on your exams.

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

    www.paramarch.com

    www.intersectartsstudio.com

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