A few words about my overall experience maybe it will help someone. There are so much good advice and intelligent people in this forum helping out, so I won't get into technical stuff, but highlight what in my mind helped me the most.
I am a "practical" Italian, with really lazy English knowledge (even if I have lived here 15 years). I dislike studying & memorizing very much, and there was no way I would remember all those bricks/mortar/concrete/screw/"obscure-name-of-parts" by heart or bother with complicated calculation (and formulas); this is why I found this exam the most "difficult." (and why do some people with good memory find it the easiest)
There are so many direct questions in this exam you wouldn't believe! (especially if you did the other 5 before where there is very rarely a real direct question) I would say between 33% to 50% are very straightforward applied-memorization (or calculations).
Here we go, my system!
1) FLAG PASS (Love your flags! )
I'll tell you when I did PPD. I marked probably only 10-15 questions (reasoning is my strength). Meanwhile, doing PDD, I flagged at least 40, 27 of which I had no "conscious" clue, and 13 that required calculation.
(105 min - 50/60 question you probably know or you think you know eh eh eh) Remember to skip the calculation question entirely, don't bother reading them! And don't read too much into the case study either; if you can't answer without looking for info hidden somewhere, flag it! Don't waste any time!
2) INTUITION PASS (remember to unflag each one after you answer)
In the second pass, I go for the "wtf-questions" (27 in my case). I turn off the brain and let the "feelings/intuition" answer those without second thoughts. Don't let the brain tease your first decision; read the question carefully, slowly let it sink inside you and let your experience answer it in automatic.
(40 min - 25 WTF questions) This goes fast. I don't "wait and think" I just read the question slowly, carefully, and then pick one answer right away (like a bandage Right-on!), no turning back!
3) CALCULATION PASS (+ some case study with information hunt)
Out of the 10-20 (i had 13) calculation questions, only 33% are honestly complicated and need a lot of steps; Spend a little more time reading the question carefully and ignore the complex one. Most of that calculation question can be done with just one simple and straightforward step; make sure you get those!.
Last you can spend some of your remaining time trying the hard one, but I honestly am too tired at this point to care. I give it a try; I wrote a number just in case I get lucky and don't even bother double-checking my math. (save a massive amount of time and headaches). I honestly don't think it is necessary to study for these questions. I didn't memorize any formula or even bother exercise with any "sample calculation question." some come quite natural and obvious some I will forward them to my engineer whenever I happen to face them again!
(40 Min- 9 simple math and whatever left, 4 hard-calc and 2 deep searching in cases study)
I finished it in 3/3.25-hours; at this point, you can go back and have a super quick review of all the questions follow your instinct (I did it and took me an extra 20 min Review (very quick by now I am very familiar with the questions), and I changed 3 answers over 100)
DISCLAIMER WITH THIS SYSTEM, YOU CAN'T TAKE BREAKS! IT WILL LOCK YOU OUT OF THE QUESTIONS, SO MAKE SURE YOU CAN HANDLE IT
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