ARE 5.0 Study Guide WITHOUT SUBSCRIPTION

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    Michael Carnessali

    Update: for the $700 a year, it seems to make sense to just pay for an AIA Associate membership and check out their study materials for two weeks at a time (first 18months after graduating are free anyway). At least you are getting into a professional organization along with access to study materials.

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    Luke Durkin

    I like the subscription because it encourages you to keep studying.  Realistically if you paid ~$150 per test for 7 exams in 4.0 you'd be spending just as much, if not more.  Butyou'reyour looking to save some money I found my 4.0 ballast book to be a helpful resource.  (you can probably get old 4.0 materials for basically nothing, I think I paid $20.) I def wouldn't read it cover to cover for 5.0, everyone seems to agree on that.  I just used it to learn more about a specific topic, of if something wasn't clear and concise in another study guide, I'd go to my ballast 4.0.  They also did a good job with contracts (Brightwood 4.0 PP did not even cover!?!?!)

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    Michael Carnessali (Edited )

    I appreciate your comment but NCARB is adjusting those fees so that the one exam less in 5.0 still costs the same as the 4.0 tests (might be like $10 less, Yay savings!!)

    But to your main point of the subscription and the polemic of my post is that I have made it this far in my career, I don’t need a subscription to tell me that I need to cram because my subscription is almost over. Life gets in the way, shit happens that we can’t control, so to add to that you WANT a subscription over having materials you could study for at any time? I think that’s an absurd statement for anyone; your comment that your old 4.0 books plays into my point even more; had those been on a subscription you would have never been able to go back and look at them for this extra section. Bottom line, if you need a subscription to motivate you to finish, then are you really just forcing yourself into a career path you really aren’t striving toward? I should be able to study at my own pace at my own leisure whether it takes me 6 months or 6 years, it is MY career path and I know what is best for myself.

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    Laura Tietjen

    Hi Michael - I had a subscription to black spectacles and I failed to finish the course before I took exams. It’s frustrating because I’d like to continue taking the course after failing the 2 exams without having to pay for it again. I recently started using http://designerhacks.com
    I like this route better - it starts free then you pay for questions. I take screen shots of all the answers to questions I get wrong and then study the screen shots. I re-take the quiz over and over til you pass, then bumps you to the next level of questions. Apparently, if you score high on their final practice quiz, but fail at the ARE- they will reimburse you the fee. Best to you!

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    Michael Carnessali

    Thank you for your input! That was one of my biggest concerns with the subscription, having random vacations, friends visiting, work deadlines, and having the peace of mind that if you do fail you still have the materials, not "Oh I failed this exam AND i no longer have the subscription to study for it". 

    Having taken a look at the link you provided it does seem significantly cheaper than the other options, how do you feel it performs as a standalone service? (I plan on looking over the recommended literature such as the Architects Handbook, MEEB, and Building Codes Illustrated)

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    Laura Tietjen

    At this point - I have all the study materials necessary to pass test. I’ve spent a ton of $ on material. I’m terrible at memorization so think my biggest hurtle is beating the exam at their questions - since a lot of them don’t seem “black or white” - there always seems to be 2 correct answers. My next study route, is to beat the questions on designer hacks before I take the next exam.

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    Luke Durkin

    The only thing I want to add, is that it's nice to have a physical material that 20 years from now you can look back on.  Also, I think the Ballast ARE 4.0 book is a good general reference book.  Currently, it's going for $5.20 on amazon.

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    Michael Carnessali

    UPDATE!

    After mistakenly buying the materials, I was able to find them on Amazon for for less than $200, these are only the physical copies of the texts but are $300 less than on PPI! 

     

    IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PPI2PASS BUY FROM AMAZON NOT THEIR SITE!!

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1591265150/ref=pd_luc_rh_wl_03_02_t_img_lh?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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