I've been studying for the exam for a bit and I'm not quite sure how to go about it. I bought the books listed in the references for each division in the ARE Handbook but then noticed at the end is the reference matrix and it has many more books listed I don't have. Must I buy every book? That seems like too much. Should I also buy the ARE 5.0 Study Guide Books? They got bad reviews and don't seem to align with the actual exam so I didn't get them and instead got the ARE Review Manual from Ballast (even though that is for 4.0 it got good reviews and I'm assuming a lot of the knowledge can be transferred over to 5.0).
I studied and took Practice Management just to get a feel for the exam and failed. I know kind of what I got wrong and how to better prepare but is that how I have to go about taking these divisions? Just studying the books a lot and taking a lot of practice exams and then trying them?
Also I don't have many AXP hours and am making finishing the divisions a priority over getting a job to get more hours. To those who have passed ARE 5.0, is studying for the exam easier after you've completed AXP? Sorry for the abundance of questions but I would be so thankful to get thorough answers to these questions. Thank you and good luck to all those trying to pass!
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