What is the best order to take ARE 5.0 (no transition)

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    Dametra Lewis

    Greetings Daniel,

    Great Question! It is at the discretion of each aspiring architect to determine the most effective sequence to follow. However, you might select which division to take first based on what you've been doing in your work experience, especially since the divisions align with AXP.

    Hope this helps, Good Luck!

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    Daniel Spilman

    Hi Damentra,

    Thanks for the response! Yes, it definitely makes sense to test on what you are current doing in AXP. Perhaps we can talk about it regarding people like myself that are either very close to, or have completed AXP.

    I guess I was wondering more in terms of how the divisions overlap each other. For example, it was commonly suggested that in ARE 4.0 to start with CDS because of the overlap the material had in other divisions. From my understanding, it was often suggested to take CDS, PPP and SPD in that order because the study materials build upon each other. (Reference Michael Riscica's blog: http://youngarchitect.com/2014/05/13/architect-registration-exam-take-first/ )

    Is there a similar order for ARE 5.0 in which the study materials best build on each other?

    Referencing NCARB's ARE 5.0 Credit Model, http://www.ncarb.org/ARE/ARE5/~/media/Files/PDF/Brochure/ARE5_CreditModel.ashx , it really seems like the divisions from 4.0 have been spread out. So with the new format, what order would be optimal? Is there one or two divisions that you would strongly consider? Is there a division you would absolutely NOT take first?

    Thanks again for everyone's input. 

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Daniel,

    Like Dametra said, the order you take ARE 5.0 in really up to you and probably based on a couple different factors (like experience).  BUT, I actually think that Practice Management and Project Management pair well to study for together or back-to-back.  I also think that Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation pair well together.

    The ARE 5.0 test don't really "build" on each other except through following the progression of a typical architecture project.  There isn't a division I would recommend first or one that I would completely avoid.

    Hope this helps - some.

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    Daniel Spilman

    Ryan-

    Definitely helpful. Thank you so much. It is very helpful to know which ones pair well together for efficient studying! Thanks!

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    Michelle Shlachter

    Hi Daniel-

    Have you decided which one you are going to take first and in what orders? I'm on the same boat as you. Will be taking all ARE 5.0 this year.

     

    Thanks!

    Aya

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    Daniel Spilman

    Hi Michelle (or is it Aya?) 

    Since there is not a particular order that appears to be extremely more beneficial in terms of overlap, I have decided to take the exams in the order that NCARB presents them. Which is supposed to basically walk through the chronological process of an entire architectural project. So right now I am studying for Practice Management. For studying I've been reading the ARE Handbook and have been reading the Architect's Handbook to Professional Practice so far.

    Do you have an idea of which division you are going to take first? 

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    Michelle Shlachter

    Hi Daniel,

    Michelle is my real name. Aya is my nick name! Same person. I may take Practice Management as well and take exams in the same order as what is listed in ARE Handbook.

     

    Aya

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    Brandon Muir

    How are you planning on studying for the exams? ARE 5.0 study material or a mix of the old ARE 4.0?

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