Case Studies - Cumulative?

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    Mark Baker

    My non-NCARB answer is NO. They are not cumulative.  Each individual QUESTION is ITS OWN QUESTION. 

    The CASE STUDY itself - all that information - is the base for all the questions you will be asked.

    If one of the questions is something like "The owner of the building decides he can make more money in rent by changing the office suites to residential condos...."  that applies to THAT QUESTION ONLY.

    Mark

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    Arielle Lapp

    Hi Mark, that's what I've always assumed.  However, by the end of my latest attempt at PPD it was unclear and confusing within the individual questions leading me to second guess my answers.  Can NCARB please chime in?

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    NCARB

    Hey Arielle,

    Mark is correct and his example is spot on. They are not cumulative and never build on each other. Each case study item should be answered independently of others.  

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    Arielle Lapp

    Thanks Nick.

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    I would also say NO.  I have seen the case studies present 2 or more scenarios in one exam.  So occupancy could be 100 in one question, and then another question could modify the parameters and occupancy of the building could be 250.  Or it could be a mixed-use building in all the questions, except one where it asks you 'what if the building is 100% business occupancy instead'.

    NCARB tests your ability to read the questions.  The fact that you are clued into this is good! 

    Best wishes!  Keep studying!

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