I just took the PPD practice exam #1, and I noticed a couple questions were asking information very specific in the code, without any snippets or reference to the code itself, nor was this information shown in the case studies’ reference. For example, there was questions on the maximum allowable stories, fire ratings in how many hours, separation distance between play structures, maximum dead end distances. I understand there are certain parts of the building code that I could memorize for my benefit.
I’d like to ask how often should we expect to see questions like this, and what additional information we should memorize, other than occupancy types, construction types, chapter topics, exterior fire wall rating?
Good question, @coachlizschneider are you able to speak to this?
Great question. In general NCARB is moving away from requiring you to memorize sections of the code and is looking for you to be able to find and apply the information. That being said, having a good understanding of where certain pieces of information are located in the code will help you to more efficiently answer questions while testing.
The sections that you mentioned on occupancy types and construction types are good ones to be familiar with. I would also be familiar with where to find occupancy load factors and egress widths. Knowing things like your minimum required corridor, stair, and door width for egress could be helpful as well.
hey @samantha.lee; in addition to the sections you outlined, candidates are expected to be familiar with accessibility requirements. I had questions on the 5.0 exams asking about specific accessibility requirements without offering code resources. I found this study guide for the 4.0 series to offer a good review of what information should be memorized going into the exam (for accessibility, didn’t review for other information). Check out page 43.