Another fail (PPD/PDD) - I have a 17.9% Rate of Passing

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    PPD is the most difficult ARE of them all.  The pass rate is 45%, and that includes people re-taking the exam!  It's the final hurdle to becoming licensed. Have you passed all the other exams?  I'd save PPD for last.  Lots of people fail.  Don't beat yourself up about it.  Playing the 'blame game' isn't going to help you pass.  Reading ASC cover-to-cover is a great resource.  Have you read Ballast as well?  Do you have a thorough knowledge of Ch 3-6 and ch 10 of the IBC?  I like hyperfine, but I don't get carried away with too many math calculations.

    I say, take a breather for a couple of days, but then get right back to studying.  Keep plugging away!  If you want it bad enough, you will.  The 10 weeks, or 20 weeks, or 30 weeks are going to pass by anyhow....  better to just do it than have regrets.

    Also it sounds like technical issues derailed you during your exam, report it to NCARB.  There's a link on this page to report the issues.  https://www.ncarb.org/pass-the-are/start/test-center   NCARB is the master of disaster.  Don't let issues or lags get your flustered.  I swear they use this as an exam strategy.  :(  They just announced in the General section of this forum that the calculator isn't accurate, and they are reverting to the old one!  OMG!!!

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

      

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    Ariana Parrish (Edited )

    Hi Rebekka,
    Thanks for your response. I've heard from multiple people not to really use ballast as tool but only as a guy to understand which concepts need to be studied for this exam. There's also multiple errors in some of ballast questions. The link you sent didn't work for NCARB issues.

    I have PPD/PA/PDD left. I failed all three about 5/6 times each.

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    Gerson Garcia

    I'm glad I'm not the only one.  I failed PPD 4 times, and I think I've given  up even though I only have  2 tests left, the other is PDD.  I find that this test version does not give people with a weak bladder enough time to finish and check the answers. In addition to this, is the cumbersome of getting the information you need, especially on the first try which was for me was basically getting to know the interface. Getting an extra restroom break will take away 10 minutes of your time because you need to go through the check-in process all over again - fingerprints, etc.. Just frustrated myself. 

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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    Ariana,

    Ballast is a good guide.  It's very comprehensive.  I think every ARE candidate needs it.  A new version was released in Sept 2020 too.  I haven't found many errors in it.  There are a few sections with repetitive info - it's in 2 exam sections.  I used their practice exams for PPD, PDD and PA and the answers are correct.  I'm not sure who told you that....  It may have been true years ago for 4.0, but not now.

    This is where you report tech issues on the exam.  https://www.ncarb.org/contact#expand-jump-examination

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Abdulaziz Alfayez

    If that's the case then I don't think it's you but the way you study. You have to take a step back and reevaluate your study methods. Focus on the main concepts and truly own them. Don't stop at just knowing the right answer at a given situation, you have to know the reason why that answer was right in the first place.

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    William Hutch

    I failed PPD twice but I passed PA the first time. I put this down to the material I studied and what came up in the exam. I've now taken a break from it as I've been studying since November 2020. Take some time off from it and come back fresh. The material isn't hard its just a lot it. If you are having difficulty grabbing the concepts trying using the Amber Book. It's been great for me. We can all do this. Just keep trying.

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