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SURVEY: How Many Times Have You Taken PPD?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:02 pm
by stubscook
We see the 46% "pass rate" but I am not able to find any information on how NCARB comes up with that statistic or the average amount of times a person takes the exam before they pass.

So I am doing a little survey:
Below please type the number of times you have taken the exam and whether or not you have passed.
If you know of other people's attempt rates please feel free to add those as well.

Thanks!

Re: SURVEY: How Many Times Have You Taken PPD?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:35 am
by Coach
Pass rate = #Passing/All attempts. They're not too keen on disclosing average number of attempts for those who pass.

Re: SURVEY: How Many Times Have You Taken PPD?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:11 am
by Ruby
Me: Working on my second time retaking it (so failed once, hoping to pass on 2nd try)

Another: Passed on the 6th try

Another: Passed on the 3rd try

Another: Passed on 4th try

Re: SURVEY: How Many Times Have You Taken PPD?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:09 pm
by stubscook
Thanks Ruby for replying. I like your format. :)

Me: just failed first attempt

Another: working on 5th retake

Another: passed on 2nd attempt

Re: SURVEY: How Many Times Have You Taken PPD?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:32 am
by stubscook
Update.

Me: Just failed the second attempt. FML.

Another: Passed on 5th retake with special extended time (had to get a doctor involved).

Re: SURVEY: How Many Times Have You Taken PPD?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:31 pm
by greek22
I failed 3 times. Planning a retake in the next month or so. 2 of my friends are on their 5th attempt. Another friend passed on his third attempt. A coworker I know passed on his third attempt. I don't know anyone personally who has passed on the first try. It's so frustrating.

Re: SURVEY: How Many Times Have You Taken PPD?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:42 pm
by stubscook
IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!
I passed on the 3rd try!

For me the biggest difference was getting the Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Methods for Architects by Norbert Lechner. I spend a couple days reading and reviewing the book and it was well worth it because I found that lot of information and a lot of the diagrams from the exams come directly from that book!