ballast 4.0 for 5.0 or 5.0 for 5.0

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    Theodore Diamond

    I think that the reason not to buy a new copy is that the changes to the exam did not occur due to changes in the practice of Architecture.  The question that's relevant is whether you are willing to work out the different study areas required to effectively use the 4.0 guide and whether you think either guide is worth it as a primary study source.

    I have the Ballast 4.0 guide and find it to be a decent reference, but not a primary study source.  This was true for me in 4.0 as well.

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    Scott Barber

    I agree with Theodore - Ballast may serve as a starting point but for 5.0 you really should focus on the references in the ARE Handbook. The 3rd party material is going to be fairly weak for 5.0 until the new exams have been out for a while and the study guides are able to be adjusted accordingly. Currently most of the 5.0 content (including Ballast) is just reshuffled from 4.0 - so the content is the same you just need to find it - you can reference the transition calculator to figure out what 4.0 exam fits under the 5.0 exams.

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    David Kaplan

    ^^^^^Can't agree more with the two posts above.  I've taken four 4.0 exams in my day and two 5.0 exams.  Third party stuff is great for 4.0.  For 5.0 - it needs to go to the bottom of your pile.  If you want to use Ballast 4.0 for say structures, you probably could do so.  Certainly, structural design concepts, basic formulas, and materials have not changed, and the concepts presented in Ballast 4.0 would be absolutely applicable to a 5.0 test.  But the test formats are so vastly different.  the 5.0 tests are way more geared towards what we do every day.  They are not geared towards memorization of information that you then use to pass your test (like 4.0).

    I strongly recommend using the Handbook resources, and going through others' posts about which sources are best for each test. 

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    Jonathan Chertok

    thanks gents.
    so - is there a list that correlates which chapters in the primary resources are worthwhile? i mean, some of the primary resources are very big.
    also - if i work through most of the references listed specifically for PDD and PPD in their individual sections is that enough? or do i also need to look at specific references in the bar type graph chart where they show which references correlate to which exams? i mean, there seem to be quite a lot in the bar chart but much less listed under each individual section.
    any resources that are left off....?!
    THANK YOU
    jon

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    Scott Barber

    Jonathan, I think all of the chapters can be worthwhile to helping you become a better architect and pass the exams...it is a lot, but hopefully you have knowledge or experience and don't have to read all of them word for word. I'd also reference the ARE Handbook to see what chapters apply. 

    If you read the comment I made on your other post I go into a bit more detail - but ultimately I think doing a little bit of groundwork and reading through other posts on here is helpful and will give you a better general understanding and prep you for studying for each exam. There are a lot of "post test brain dump" and similar posts that outline study approaches, books studied, etc. after having taken the exams. The Architect's Studio Companion is the only book I know of that was "left off" (hence my post yesterday), but reading what other people have studied will help you figure out what to study. 

    You can try to google "relevant chapters of *insert book* for ARE 5.0 *insert exam*" but I doubt you'll have much luck. I found a list for AHPP and MEEB but didn't find those to be helpful and didn't have much success with any other books. Ultimately I realized I just needed to identify them for myself based on what content areas I was weak in. 

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    Jonathan Chertok

    thanks scott (all),
    i’m in “collating mode” so apologies if anything has been answered previously. i find it helpful to have a discussion in addition to reading up.
    so - i am not finding anything that references actual chapters in books. i see a very long list of items in one of the pages on PPD and PDD (not actually in the exam guide itself) bu i just see the books listed. am i missing something?

    THANK YOU

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    Scott Barber

    Jonathan, these are the only places I found that list specific chapters to study. There might be other places out there that list chapters for specific sources, but it's unlikely. I think most chapters of most of the books will be relevant for the exams...Again - I found it helpful for myself to look at the ARE Handbook in conjunction with the table of contents for each book and figure out what was relevant, it should be fairly clear and will probably end up being most of the chapters. It's probably easier for some books to determine what isn't going to be on the exam rather than what is. I skimmed all of those chapters and then identified my weak areas after that, which I read/studied more closely.

    AHPP: http://narmourwright.com/wp/index.php/wiley-publishing/
    MEEB: https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/115008380308-Relevant-MEEB-Chapters-

    *as a side note - I didn't find MEEB to be worth using as a study reference for PPD and PDD. Way too detailed - I did look through bits and pieces since I had already bought it but for the most part I used ASC to replace it in my studying. 

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    Jonathan Chertok

    thanks a ton scott.
    now time to study up on my acronyms...
    and put together some kind of a list of chapters...

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