Pass PDD

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    David Kaplan

    Congrats!!  Enjoy being done!

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    Gang Chen

    Congratulations! This is a major milestone in your architectural career.

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

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    Joseph Petrarca

    Congratulations. Must be an excellent feeling.  I hope to be in the Passed and Done club tomorrow afternoon.

    I will add  couple of resources I found incredibly helpful on PPD and PDD.

    Ben Norkin's HYPERFIBE course (one course for both PPD and PDD)

    I would say if you only have $40 to spend...spend it on Hyperfine.

    The questions are exactly in the ballpark of the actual exam questions.

    It's really important to understand the level of detail the ARE is at.  If you read the entire MEEB...you're going way too deep.

    Ben does a series of 9 weeks of assignment...each week being about six or seven topics...questions, and very detailed answers.  Ben also has videos on many of the answers as well- which are very good.  Also, in his homework, he includes various links to sources where you can go learn about the topic.  He also does a pack for the Case Studies which is a small additional charge.  I highly recommend it as there are almost no resources that deal with the Case Studies.

    the second resource I can't say enough about is Elif Bayram's AreQuestions.com

    She puts together packages for each division.

    Each package contains TWELVE quizzes with I think 20 questions each.

    And..Two full tests with 120 questions each. 

    The questions are VERY similar to actual ARE questions.

    She has drag and drop, fill in the blank (number), multiple choice, etc. It VERY realistically mimics the ARE.

    She also includes some explanation for the correct/incorrect answers.

    The quizzes and the exams are scored at the end.

    The exam also runs a timer if you are tying to gauge your speed.

    Again, about $40.  Incredible value,

     

    Lastly, for PDD...Architectural Detailing, by Allen/Rand.  This softcover book goes through various topics in a systematic way and describes the essential principles behind the details so you understand why something is being done a certain way.  The drawings and explanations are just right.  I personally think that most of the stuff in Graphic Standards is overdone.  There's too much complexity and sheer volume of stuff to be able to use it effectively as a resource.

    I have been an architectural detailer in an office for over 20 years and I found this book extremely helpful.

     

    Again, congratulations on the Pass, Audrey!

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