How I passed the ARE Exam 4, Project Planning and Design

Summary This is a report from Pavan Iyer from the ARE 5.0 Community. He recommends the Hyperfine guides, the Architect’s Studio Companion, Building Codes Illustrated, Building Construction Illustrated, and Architectural Graphic Standards. He recommends cross-referencing these guides a lot. He also recommends not only knowing concepts, but also always knowing the answers to these 3 […]

How to study for the ARE Exam 4, Project Planning and Design

Intro to the ARE Exam 4 If I had to describe the ARE Exam 4, I’d describe it as the most complex exam on the ARE so far, but also ridiculously 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 used flashcards to pass the ARE Exam 3, Programming and Analysis

Summary This is a report from Samantha Lee from the ARE 5.0 Community. She passed the ARE Exam 3 after studying for 117 hours. She recommends studying the IBC, Building Codes Illustrated, and participating in the ARE 5.0 Community. She also has a list of links below. She highly recommends using flashcards, practice tests, and […]

How I passed the ARE Exam 3, Programming and Analysis, on my first try

Summary This is a report from Emily Rachel Geppert on the ARE 5.0 Community. She studied for this exam for 8-12 hours a week for a month, but she does do this as part of her work. She recommends using the ARE Handbook, the 2010 ADA guides, the 2015 IBC standards, Planning and Urban Design, […]

How I passed ARE Exam 3, Programming and Analysis, in 4 days

Summary This is a post from Nicholas Civitano. He’s an architect with his own firm in Hawaii. He studied for this exam for about 4 days, with 3 weeks of casual studying before this. He recommends the IBC 2012, the Site Planning and Design Handbook, and the Ballast review manual. He also recommends studying more […]

How to study for the ARE Exam 3, Programming and Analysis

Intro to the ARE Exam 3 If I had to describe the ARE Exam 3, I’d describe it as not that hard, but disorganized. It’s not that hard in that there aren’t that many things to actually know. There’s a lot of surface level knowledge, some random facts, and then some things that you should […]

How I passed ARE Exam 2, Practice Management, on my first try

Summary This is a report from Olivia Theriot on the ARE 5.0 Community. She studied for about 4 months, although she thinks that was overkill. For this exam, she used the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, the 2017 AIA contracts, and Tatyana‘s study guide. She disliked Black Spectacles and Brightwood. For more information, check out […]

How I passed the ARE Exam 2, Practice Management by making a study guide

This is a report from Tatyana Aksamentova on the ARE 5.0 Community. She passed the ARE Exam 2, Practice Management, in 1 month, studying 30 hours total. Her main strategy was creating her own study guide. Her other advice would be to read the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice closely, and take Practice Management and […]

How I passed the ARE Exam 2, Practice Management in 5 weeks

Summary This is a post by Patrick Edwards in the ARE 5.0 Community. He studied for about 5 weeks and about 100 hours, after already studying for practice management. His general study tips are to study materials from multiple companies, set goals, and use audio to study when you can’t study written stuff. He advises […]

How to study for the ARE Exam 2, Project Management

Intro to the ARE Exam 2 If I had to describe the ARE Exam 2, I’d describe it as a somewhat difficult exam pretending to be a really difficult one. The ARE Exam 2 is harder than the ARE Exam 1, in part because it contains a lot of the material from the ARE Exam […]