The top ARE 5.0 study materials: books, courses, and practice exams

It’s entirely possible to study for the ARE 5.0 with just the references in the Handbook. But, that method can be not only time consuming, but really expensive. A better way is to pick some good study materials. But which one? That’s what I’m here to answer! Best ARE 5.0 Study Guides: the Guide for […]

Overwhelmed with ARE studying? Here’s your free ARE 5.0 study plan to pass all 6 exams.

If you’re like most ARE studiers, you’re probably feeling pretty overwhelmed. These exams are long and hard. They test entirely disparate topics (drainage! masonry! insurance!), sometimes back-to-back. So what are you going to do? Give up? No! You’re going to pass this thing. Here are your steps. (By the way, I know you’re busy. You […]

How I passed ARE Exam 6, Construction and Evaluation, with no construction experience

Summary This is a report from Clarissa Hoskison from the ARE 5.0 Community. She studied for ARE Exam 6 for 4.5 weeks, studying 2-3 hours a day during the weekday, and 4-6 hours a day during the weekend. She took a practice exam every weekend day. Her preferred materials were Hammer and Hand, Building Construction […]

How I passed the ARE Exam 6, Construction and Evaluation, in 8 steps

Summary This is a report by Huy Nguyen in the ARE 5.0 Community. Huy spent about 50 hours over 11 days studying for this exam. He warns that, although people with construction experience may find this exam easy, he did not. Here are his steps to studying: Read the handbook Read contracts B101 and A201 […]

How to study for the ARE Exam 6, Construction and Evaluation

Intro to the ARE Exam 6 If I had to describe the ARE Exam 6, I’d describe it as a relatively easy exam. It’s relatively easy because most things are a repeat from previous exams. If you’re good on exams 1, 2, and 5, you shouldn’t need to study too much more for this one.  […]

How I passed ARE Exam 5, Project Planning and Design, after failing the first time

Summary This is a report from Michelle Gonzales from the ARE 5.0 Community. She failed the exam the first time, then waited 3 months before taking it again. She recommends using Building Construction Illustrated, Architectural Graphic Standards, National Park Preservation Briefs. She also highly recommends flashcards (like 21st Night!). There’s also a long list of […]

How I passed ARE Exam 5, Project Development and Documentation, on my first attempt

Summary This is a report from Esther Campbell on the ARE 5.0 Community. First, she warns that the exams seem to vary drastically from person to person, so she’s not sure how helpful any specific topics are for any specific exam. However, she still recommends studying specific topics (like those I put in my study […]

How to Study for the ARE Exam 5, Project Development and Documentation

Intro to the ARE Exam 5 If I had to describe the ARE Exam 5, I’d describe it as complex (although slightly less so than the ARE Exam 4), and still disorganized. It’s complex because there’s a fair amount of info. There’s a lot of stuff to know on the surface level, some stuff to […]

How I passed the ARE Exam 4, Project Planning and Design, after studying for 2 months

Summary This is a report from David Kaplan from the ARE 5.0 Community. He studied for the exam for 2 months for about 8-10 hours per week. He recommends the Architect’s Studio Companion, Building Construction Illustrated, the FEMA Earthquake Manual, and practicing cost estimation. He also advises making sure you understand building form and it’s […]

How I passed ARE Exam 4, Project Planning and Design, after failing it once

Summary This is a report from Elif Bayram on the ARE 5.0 Community. She took the ARE Exam 4 once, failed it, then took it again and passed. She’s a big believer in taking the exam later in the day, and studying for the exam on its own. She also advises using multiple resources and […]