PPD & PDD Pass Same Day

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    Darci Chamberlain

    Great job! How long did you study for before taking them?

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    Michael Rosson

    Darci,
    Thanks! It was about 4 weeks, as mentioned above. The first half week was spent getting materials together and organizing how I was going to progress through the study material.

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    Gregoire Filcidor

    Congrats!

    What did you do to prepare for sections "Construction Documents" and "Cost Estimating"? 

     

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    Michael Rosson

    Gregoire

    Thank you! 

    Construction Documents  - familiarity with a typical construction set is very helpful and for construction details I looked at graphic standards and building construction illustrated. Knowing relationships between the systems & construction is really helpful in navigating these types of questions. To help solidify that knowledge, the mentioned study material (all if it useful for this category, imo) in the original post is how I got there for the exam + work experience. Practice case studies were also very useful in this department, as the practice questions normally related to interpreting a set of documents I have never seen before. 

     

    Cost Estimating - Thankfully these questions are pretty straightforward algebra. Pay CLOSE attention to units. I didn't put a lot of effort for specifically studying cost estimating.

    Hope this helps 

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    Whitney Joslin

    Hi Michael! Congrats on passing these. I know it's been a few months, but when you took the test, do you recall approximately how much time you spent on the multiple choice versus the case studies for PDD? 

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    Michael Rosson

    Whitney,

    Thank you ^_^ I believe it ended up being about 50/50 but I don’t actually remember.
    My main goal was to go through multiple choice and answer everything I could and mark what I was unsure of or didn’t know. After getting through the multiple choice the first time, I went back and did the other problems.
    I personally think case studies take more mental acuity, so I like to have as much time for them with the knowledge I don’t have to worry about the multiple choice

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    Mark Baker

    That is insane.  Congratulations!

    Mark

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    Christopher Boucher

    Late congrats Michael! How’d you tackle studying for the first section with all the systems (mechanical, structural, plumbing, lighting, electrical, etc). I feel overwhelmed with all the materials that are out there and I’m not sure what to focus my precious time on. I’ve read fundamentals of building construction, building construction illustrated; currently delving into architectural graphical standards.

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