PPD exam

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    Gang Chen

    I doubt asking NCARB checking the score will make any differences. You probably have been making the same or similar mistakes without know them yourselves. The better choice is to do some different practice exams or read some materials different from what you have been reading. You cannot be doing the same thing again and again and expect different results.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Elif Bayram

    Hi Mehran,
    PPD is the hardest of these 6 exams and I am so sorry to hear that you have taken it multiple times without success. I don’t know which books you have studied but I highly recommend reading MEEB and HCL cover to cover. And take your time while doing so, do not rush to test in every 60 days (hoping with Covid extensions you have enough time) Also involve some active reading tools in your reading routine: Such as writing your flashcards or your own questions. Joining study groups is one of the best way to read a big book like MEEB, in my opinion. I used that method in YA Bootcamp and finally understood what I am reading.
    Many people make a mistake of searching for the answers they have seen on the exam directly so they can answer it correctly next time. Instead, they should try to actually digest and learn the content so next time they test, they can make their best educated choice. Otherwise, each time you test, you are just taking another bet. That is why I prioritized learning the content over everything and reading the books that Handbook recommends is the way to do so. In some cases, you may need to read these books even multiple times to really learn the content.
    Please search my name in PPD posts here and read my book recommendations and practice questions recommendations, hope it helps. You can do this, just take some time off and come back with a better game plan. Once you pass, how many times you took this exam to pass will be irrelevant. Just focus on the next task and start with reading and then practicing and try again. You have passed 5 exams already and they were not easy as well so you can definitely pass this one too. It is just matter of a little bit more perseverance which I am sure you have plenty!
    Good luck! You will pass!!!

    Elif Bayram
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    Mehran Shahverdi

    Thank you Elif and Gang,
    Thank you very much for your feed back. I am taking your advises and focusing for the next exam.
    Please let me know if you are interested to chat over the phone about my failed exams experience. Do you recommend any study group on line? If any one interested please let me know since I can contribute a lot for this test.
    Best,

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    Mehran Shahverdi

    Elif do you do tutoring? If yes please let me know.

    Grag, do you do Private tutoring? I just purchased your book for this exam, also for other exams in past.

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    Gang Chen

    Mehran,

    You can do it. I believe in you. Just spend 2 or 3 months of your time. Focus, focus, and focus! You can do it. I am too busy to do private tutoring. If you have any questions, you can ask them in this forum, members here will be happy to help.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Mehran Shahverdi

    Gang,

    Thank you for your note. I will do my best and hopefully I do pass this time. However if you get some opening please let me know so You may clarify about some confusions that I have.

    Thank you again,

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    Mehran Shahverdi

    Hello everyone,
    Anyone interested to have a group study for PPD?

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    Natalia Zimina (Edited )

    I am interested in a group study! ... Just took PPD first time and failed. I used PPI and Black Spectacles, Studio Companion, IBC, some Graphic Standards. Have books : MEEP, Building Construction Illustrated, Building Codes Illustrated, but did not have time to study them. I found PPI practice exam is too hard and their lectures are wrong at times; BLack Spectacles’ exam is a little too easy, and his lectures are for a 5 year olds)). ... My problem is time. I ran out of time before I got chance to review second case study. As a foreign speaker, it takes me twice as long to filter the text to find important info.)) I found that test questions are not related to architectural practice at all, but that’s the rules of the game)) Let us join forces!

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    Mehran Shahverdi

    Sorry for failed exam..,, Are you local in LA to group study?
    Or we can do FaceTime study.

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    Natalia Zimina

    Oh, sorry, am I in LA group? I live in Cincinnati.

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    Mehran Shahverdi

    Maybe we can connect on phone or facetime to review the prepare for the Next test.

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