I can finally say that after 7 lost battles and 6 victories I have conquered the ARE's. I started this journey a few years back during the 4.0 era. After a failed attempt at CDS and SPD I asked a friend for advice, she recommended Architect Exam Prep, I followed the system as indicated and was able to pass CDS, SPD, and PPP back to back. Then the 5.0 transition came into effect…. Having just passed 3 exams within 6 months I was thrilled and full of confidence to get started with 5.0. I tried using the same approach that had worked so well for me in 4.0 and quickly realized I was confronting a completely different animal. After several failed attempts at both PDD & PPD Is when I decided to change my study strategy.
In September of 2019 I made the best investment I could provide myself by joining the YA Bootcamp, and after 9 weeks of an intense regime of 30+ hours a week I was able to pass PPD. The mixture of studying from different books, study groups, practice exams, flashcards, and guidance from Michael’s program yielded the coveted result. It was like learning for the first time how studying should be done. It wasn’t about memorizing stuff but truly comprehending the material at its core and becoming a better at the profession. After passing PPD it took me two more attempts and over 1000 hours of studying to finally pass my nemesis PDD.
Pro Tip: Practice questions, Practice questions, and time management during the test. Don't give up, put in the time and you will succeed.
Here is my list of the best practice question starting with my favorite at the top
-Elif Bayram Quizzes: Nails down those supper complex concepts, summarizes them beautifully and points you to where to find them in the books. Helped me practice my math, and get good at it.
-PPI Learning hub: Huge bank of good questions.
-Hyperfine: Do these over and over until you master all the concepts.
-Designermasterclass: Good practice exam with helpful rules of thumb.
-Gang Cheng PDD Mock Exam: Well rounded type of questions resembling the actual exam.
-WeARE: Very difficult questions.
-Designer Hacks PDD: Easy but useful when you do not have much time to study.
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