I would first like to thank all of you for your posts that have guided me and helped me a lot while preparing for the ARE tests. A first advise is to take the time to read posts on this blog, to get a better understanding of what to study and where to find the appropriate study material. S. Barber was a great reference, so make sure to check his posts.
As a quick intro about my background, I have a bachelor in architecture and 3.5 years post graduation, my experience is mostly in SD, DD and CD with some on-site experience ( this note is important specially for CE exam, there are a lot of shop drawing questions so a strong on-site experience or a strong knowledge of construction details is needed)
That's the sequence that I am going for: PCM (pass). PJM (pass). CE (fail then pass). PA. PDD. PPD
There is a lot of overlapping material between PCM - PJM and CE so it is logical to take these three together. I found that CE mostly focuses on A201 and construction details so make sure to review as many construction details as you can - specially if you have little/no site experience as i did - i know that that was my struggle during my first attempt at taking the exam.
Check out the NCARB website to know more about the format of each exam and the ARE 5.0 community online.
1. Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition (AHPP)
To know which chapter to study for what follow this: http://narmourwright.com/wp/index.php/wiley-publishing/
this book is great when studying for PCM and PJM - not so useful for CE and PA but worth skimming through
2. Schiff Harden lectures - the ones about the A201 and B101 contracts https://www.schiffhardin.com/professionals/attorneys/d-i/hanahan-michael-j/hanahan-lecture-notes-2018
A must for PCM. PJM and CE (really understand the contracts, the relationships between the different players, who's liable for what...)
3. If you prefer starting with a general overview lecture for each exam: Black Spectacles lectures - they’re good but not necessary.
just gives as an overview of what's coming
4. For practice tests: Designer Hacks they’re good but not so great - a lot of the questions asked are not in the exams so it’s a lot of extra info. but it can be good practice
5. Brightwood book - I never read the book but the practice tests are great
6. Ballast book - If you buy it make sure you have the Revised version (yellow logo to the top right of the cover page)
It was very useful for CE and PA but wasn't as useful for PCM and PJM. Not sure about PDD and PPD yet. Overall it's an easy read, a good intro to each topic but it is not as detailed as other books so you might miss some items to study
7. Building Construction Illustrated (Ching) I focused on chapter 7 for the CE exam. I had little site experience and this was a great resource when studying for CE.
QUICK NOTES POST EXAM
- Heavy on construction detail: Flashing, weep hole, Wall pressured wood, Roof drains, AC ducts, Drainage pipes under foundation
- Fee calculations for additional service
- Who’s liable for what and when? make sure to read/know very well the A201 and B101 contracts (contractor vs architect vs owner vs sub)
- Be familiar with the number of contracts for DBB and DB between arch owner contractor sub consultant, know the architect's responsibilities in each project delivery method
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