I actually took this test two months ago and failed but felt really good before seeing the result.(I am sure I am not along) Indeed most of the questions or the knowledge required are mentioned in the ARE handbook. No question sounds unfamiliar but somehow the way they asked me still knocked me down. When I look back I realize the reason I didn't totally understand some of the concepts is because the reading list is so overwhelming and I was mainly trying to read through them but didn't spend enough time to ask why. Like so many of the terminology in the exam, I know what they do to our design but I forgot to ask why do we need this, or who made this rule and to whom does it benefit in what way. Or what happens if we don't have these rules.
I want to bring up a few questions(or the general knowledge type, not specific questions) I met in the exam and hopefully someone can guide me to the right chapter of the right book.
1. when do we need to make a project accessible? based on project type(new/old,private/public) or building type(occupancy/functionality)
2. how to compare the methods of preliminary budgeting of a project based on its type, when to use which
3. how does building efficiency affect a project based on its type. what kind of projects would value this more(not just commercial/residential/industrial, but more in details. like under one occupancy, there can be different subtypes. So I am looking for a general guidance to analyze each situation)
4. hazardous materials. where can I find more description of this from an architectural perspective? The site planning handbook talks a lot about its application under each situation but I didn't find some of the more "basic" knowledge
There are some topics I think I have found out why I got them wrong but I still want to put it here to remind everyone to really dig into the topic instead of just read it and think you got it(no you may not):
Covenant/boring report/water table/environmental site assessment(both phases and their relation)/storm water management and its placement/historic preservation and ADA compliance
These are the things I feel weak on. It probably doesn't apply to everyone and I know there are many other categories which weight more in the test and I didn't mention them but if you read through other people's post test thoughts, they are mostly correct.
So anyone can help me answer those 4 questions above? Many thanks!!
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