ARE 5.0 Demo Exam Case Study Responses and Rationale

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    Valentina Gaglio

    Question 4 of 5 in the case study: "The Main Entry and Hospitality Room require a connection to the Main Concourse, therefore the first floor is the correct location for both space"

    This is deceiving, I guess it works if you look at it as a pre-determined condition?

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Valentina,

    Good comment. It is critical to note that the question states the architect has already determined that the main concourse is going to be located on the first floor. Hopefully this helps clear up your question.  

     

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    barry ballinger

    Nick,

    On the exam, I didn't know there was a way to outline an area for the Exterior Plaza. Is it outlined here for demonstration purposes?

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    barry ballinger

    Another thing;

    Did this question represent a type of question that would be on a specific exam? It appeared to me the practice exam is grabbing content from several exams.

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Barry,

    The area outlined for the exterior plaza represents all possible answers to this hotspot question. As long as you click within that area, you will register a correct response.

    Regarding your second question, the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam contains questions from multiple divisions of the exam which are also included in the ARE 5.0 Handbook. I recommend that you check out that document. It is located here.

     

     

     

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    Stephen Nielson

    In question 2 (offstreet parking) there were other uses for the event center such as loading/storage, and retail presumably for the concession area. Shouldn't these parking requirements be included bringing us up to at least 1253.

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    Ryan NCARB

    Stephen,

    Your primary resource for determining parking requirements is the Zoning Ordinance.  This document lists the offstreet parking requirement for 14 different types of uses.  The ancillary uses you mention are not part of this list, which means you don't need to factor them into your calculations.  Therefore you should just use the 1 per 4 seats for a Theater, Auditorium, Arena or Stage.

    This question requires a couple of other things for you to consider.  One is the understanding that a local zoning ordinance takes precedence over any client or code requirements.  The second is the calculation of the number of spaces based on the number of seats.

    Does that make sense?

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    Zhaklin Krasnokutskaya

    Hi, could you post answers to the rest of the demo exam? Thanks.

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    Elizabeth Morgan

    Ditto on providing answers for the rest of the demo exam, thanks!

    Also, I've been relying on 4.0 study material as that is what I currently have available but the 5.0 thought process/approach to the questions seems so different that I'm feeling underprepared for my upcoming test. Any suggestions on effective study resources (specifically for Programming and Analysis) that could be utilized in the next three days? Test on Friday!

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    Ryan NCARB

    Zhaklin and Elizabeth,

    The correct answers with references and rationales are all in the ARE 5.0 Handbook.  Elizabeth, there are a bunch of resources for PA listed in there also.

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    Mark Swingler

    @Ryan NCARB

    The handbook has some example questions, but I do not see the answers or rationale as you described for the 5.0 Demo exam. 

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Mark...all of the items used on the Demo Exam are definitely in the ARE 5.0 Handbook and they all include references and rationale.  They are distributed across all six divisions because the Demo Exam does not represent just one division.  Hope that helps.

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    Mark Swingler

    Ahh, that makes sense. Thanks

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    Richard Wilson (Edited )

    Regarding the parking question:

    The accessible parking req's aren't as clear as they could be in IBC 2012.

    Per the provided IBC, Table 1106.1, 1250 event spaces would require 23 accessible parking spaces. So shouldn't the answer be 1273? The IBC doesn't make this clear, the wording is such that the accessible spaces will be part of the 1250.

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    Richard Wilson

    Another Case Study question: Should we expect all the Codes and Regulations tab pages to be the same in all case study questions? Or has NCARB catered the resources specific to each question.

    For example, the case study, in the Demnstration Exam, provides 59 pages from the IBC 2012; will these same 59 pages also be provided in each case study? Or will they change?

    Thanks!

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Richard...IBC isn't the final determinate on parking spaces in this case.  It is the local zoning ordinance.  Also, the question doesn't ask about number of accessible spaces - just total number of spaces.  Be careful in your exam to not over complicate what the item is asking.

    To answer your second question - the excerpts of Codes and Regulations will change by CASE STUDY (not by question.

    Hope this helps!

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    Ricardo Largaespada

    Good afternoon:

    Where can I find information about the Zoning Ordinaces?

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    Richard Wilson

    For extremely large values of 0? My confidence in the exam scoring is low.

     

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    Darguin Fortuna

    You still passed Rich

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    Joanne Gray (Edited )

    Ryan, regarding question #2 and your response to Stephen on January 19-

    "This question requires a couple of other things for you to consider.  One is the understanding that a local zoning ordinance takes precedence over any client or code requirements."

    Will a local zoning ordinance still take precedent over a code requirement that is more stringent?  If yes, why not just go straight to the zoning resource section to save precious time, instead of reviewing the IBC first as the answer suggests?  Is it because there will not always be a local zoning ordinance for building height pertaining to the site?  I have my test scheduled for this Sunday so I want to get this concept straight.  I'm pleasantly surprised Prometric is open on Father's Day in Salt Lake City!

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Joanne,

    We are in total agreement with your approach. Typically, the total number of parking spaces is governed by the local zoning code or ordinance. In the above example, you could save time by going straight to the Zoning Ordinance resource. This won't be the situation for all case study items. If you look at the first case study item listed, you will notice that you need to check the IBC and Zoning Ordinance to determine the max building height. In this case, the most stringent requirement is the correct response. One thing to remember, the resources included in a case study vary by division and case, so some may contain IBC and a Zoning Ordinance and others will not. 

    Best of luck on the exam this Sunday!

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    Johanna Glinsboeckel

    I've been looking for the answers to the case study examples, so grateful that I stumbled across this post. Maybe NCARB should post these on the main site for other candidates to find more easily? Thank you!!

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    Cullen Hollyn Taub

    NCARB,

    How come the Concession/Retail doesnt have a proximity line to the Main Event Space? Per the program, it should be convenient to all seating spaces. I guess because the Main Councourse has a direct connection, that works and direct views for Hospitality take the proximity line? 

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Cullen,

    Good question! The program specifies that the Concession/Retail space be connect to the Main Concourse. The Hospitality Room also requires a connection to the Main Concourse, but it also requires views overlooking the Main Event Space. To accomplish this, the Hospitality Room needs to be near the Main Event Space (upper left bubble). In this case, proximity doesn't equal convenience. Since the seating area is connected to the Main Concourse and the Main Concourse is connected the Concession/Retail space, a user would have a pretty nice circulation path to buy some snacks/gear, but it might be a bit of a walk.  In this example, the Concession/Retail spaces could be connected to the outside of the concourse. Since the Hospitality Room must be the upper left bubble, that leaves the upper right bubble for Concessions/Retail. 

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    Elif Kandiyoti

    How do you outline (draw) the area in hotspot question? I couldn't figure out in the mock exam. I assumed, there would be some explanation in the real exam. Unfortunately, there wasn't. 

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    Cullen Hollyn Taub

    Elif- for hotspot questions, you aren't supposed to outline an area but simply place the "cross" in a spot. There is a demo video for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXgdVfja5H4

     

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    Erica Ko

    Is the Case Study in the Demonstration Exam relevant to a particular division (such as PPD)?

    It is not clear from the Handbook since they only cover the multiple choice. It would be very helpful to have each question noted with which division it relates to, to help clarify for those of us trying to get a more specific sense of what our particular exam might ask. 

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Erica,

    All of the items on the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam are included in the ARE 5.0 Handbook (organized by division and section). The sample case study is also located in the Handbook and includes content from the Programming & Analysis division. 

    Hope this helps!

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