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    Rebekka O'Melia

    This exam should be taken last.  Study whatever way has been working for you.  

    Read Ballast (both PA and PPD sections), and the entire ASC.  Do lots of practice exams.  I think this exam is 120 hrs of study for most candidates.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, NCARB, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Roma Agrawal

    Start with the NCARB reference books first as per the 5 PPD exam contents. I cleared PPD this past Monday on 2nd try and I can say Architect Studio Companion is a good overview book, Ballast 4.0 books are still good for all topics, ADA book, Heating Cooling Lighting is a great book, MEEB for topics you want to get in depth to better your understanding, Building Construction Illustrated is a must read, read FEMA for wind, earthquake & seismic design topics, know your IBC code chapters on where & how to find info. Building Construction & Materials by Madan Mehta for some topics, Elif ARE questions, Hyperfine, Designerhacks, ballast 4.0 are great for practice questions. Understand the concepts, the actions reactions rather than memorizing topics. Think like an Architect, learn to identify problems & provide solutions in design of your & your MEP consultants...

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