So I've taken PPD more times than I care to admit (+4). It's my last exam and I'm so close to giving up because I just can't pass this one and I'm beyond frustrated...not to mention out a lot of money. My score reports indicate that building systems is my weak area (both sections 3 and 4), which isn't great since that's basically half the exam and covers everything.
I've tried making notes immediately after the exam so I know what I need to focus on for next time, but for some reason I can never exactly pinpoint what those items are because this exam is so broad...and sometimes oddly specific. Plus I'm usually pretty defeated.
I can definitively say I'm weak in structures and how buildings / materials react in seismic situations. Acoustics and electrical / lighting could probably be added to that list as well. I'd like to say I feel okay about mechanical, plumbing, and different structural systems, but clearly that's not the case. Honestly I'm sure I need to cover every content area.
Below are the resources I've been studying from:
- Architect's Studio Companion
- Heating, Cooling, Lighting
- Site Planning & Design Handbook
- Building Construction Illustrated
- Building Codes Illustrated
- FEMA - Chapters 4 & 5
- Problem Seeking - An Architectural Programming Primer
- MEEB (read through once)
- Ballast 4.0 Structural (read through once)
- Architectural Graphic Standards (more so for PDD though)
- Amber Series
- Designer Hacks
I've read through most of these books multiple times now (mostly the first 6). Are there any other resources people recommend? I really need to branch out from this list...or need a new approach. I'm open to anything and everything at this point.
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