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    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    Instruction to Bidders, and yes you do need to know AIA contract as much as possible 

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    Joan NCARB

    William,

    NCARB has licensed architect volunteers who commit hundreds of hours of their time to writing test questions for the ARE.  There is plenty of information throughout this community on the process, including blog posts and information on NCARB's website.  We'd love to have you all as volunteer item writers when you become licensed.  

    For information on preparing for the exam, check out the ARE 5.0 Handbook, as well as all the plentiful information available on this community.  

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    Ethan Warren

    I doubt those questions will be available to the public since they are created for the exams. 

    I mentioned in my previous post that I do not study for case studies. For case studies you just need to know how to navigate contracts, code, zoning ordinances, construction documents, etc. All of which are things you need to learn to do when taking these exams anyways. With your experience you should have no problem with this, just make sure you have enough time to review the resources provided.

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    Kathryn Walton

    Regarding the hypothetical question you posed, when one knows that the A series is for Contractors, B for Architects, C for Consultants, etc., by process of elimination in the answers provided, you'll land on the correct answer.  This wouldn't be a fill-in-the-blank question on the exam.

    As for Case Studies, it's a matter of what resources are provided to you, and then knowing how to navigate that resource to answer the question.  The bookmarks tool comes in handy for searching a specific section of, say, Specifications or an RFP.  I stupidly forgot about the Demo Exam before going into my first exam, and failed to realize many tools available (strikethrough, highlight, bookmarks, search, etc.).

    Par for the course for any standardized test, and the ARE is no exception, often more information is provided than what is needed to answer the question.  A careful reading of the question at hand will steer you away from the "fluff."  You do not need to read all of the resources provided in the Case Studies, just be familiar with the tabs of resources you're given, and know how to navigate them efficiently.

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    Laura Grant

    I agree all of it is a disorganized money making scam : ‘ncarb’ ‘aia’ ‘naab’.
    My sister who took her surgical boards was shocked at the lack of provided study material. It feels like I’m buying multiple $100 text books and reading them sort of blindly and I’m wondering why weren’t these text books used in school? The profession seems to have some lack of organization. The first step would be to require the schools to teach from the books that are used to create the exams. Its not that complicated.

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    William May

    I can find all kinds of true/false and multiple choice.  I'm looking for the darn case study style question, the ones you need to read, re-read, re-re-read.

    I had 20 of those blessed darn questions

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    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    NCARB only has those 20 questions sample exam, it is hilarious and then there is no way at the end to know how you did. I recommend  Designer Hacks, maybe not 100% the same as the real one but it is really helpful in my opnion 

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    William May

    What is the AIA A701?

    This is a question that is straight memorization.

    this is a rhetorical question.

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    Ethan Warren

    William,

    The practice exams that are most similar to the ncarb exam are from Black Spectacles. However, I never do the case studies from 3rd party materials because they take way too long to complete and I know they're nothing like what's on the exam (content wise). The format of Black Spectacles is pretty spot on to ncarb's format if you want to get practice with the exam format. 

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    Joan NCARB (Edited )

    Gustavo,

    Correct answers (with references and rationales as to why) are all found in the ARE 5.0 Handbook.  Correct answers to the Case Study items in the Demo Exam are found HERE.

    The purpose of the Demo Exam is to familiarize candidates with the item types.  Refer to the ARE 5.0 Handbook for a list of references as study resources.

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    William May

    ok tell me something.  Is it so hard to write similar questions to what the actual test is?  Is it impossible to have 15,000 test takers to write one question for each other to read and try to answer?  Why are we all paying for test questions when we could all write just one question and not have to pay a third party? 

    If you don't do case study questions from 3rd party materials then how are you practicing case study questions?  for that matter, Why isn't NCARB providing questions to practice with?  If they are providing questions is the number of questions a good source? 

    I don't learn by just reading thousands of words.  That doesn't help me.  I'm not that type of learner.  All thru high school, all thru my college classes, I learned that I was a visual/kinesthetic learner - I learn by practice.  Give me questions that challenge my ability to think and answer.  give me questions that I can go look for answers.  Someone recently said that it's wrong to memorize specific information.  That was wrong.  There were a lot of questions that were by memory.

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    William May

    "ARE 5.0 avoids the use of “Remember,” the lowest level of cognitive complexity" - That isn't true.  I had specific questions about specific things - Choose from the answers below if they are a part of B101... pick 3 correct answers.  There were a lot of questions that were "remember" questions. 

    The architect is considering classifying the Event Center as

    construction Type I-B with an approved automatic sprinkler

    system.

    Based on this classification and the project information

    provided, what is the maximum allowed building height?

    qq 50 feet

    qq 60 feet

    qq 160 feet

    qq 180 feet

    This is a straight memory question - you either remember the number or you don't.  It's not like you are given something to read and figure out the answer - it's a memory/remember question.

     

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    Hang Cho (Edited )

    William -

    https://learn.ppi2pass.com/study-schedule/calendar/

    You will find 2 case studies included 2 practice exams for each division in PPI learning hub. (see link above)

    This website cost $30-40 per monthly access and discounted bit for 3 months or 6 months enrollment.

    I enrolled for 6 months planning to finish so. (There is a help called study plan which will produce month to month schedules based on the finish date you put.)

    This month to month schedule excited me to continue daily.

    Hope this will help ...

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    William May

    I thank you for the effort but I don't want to spend more than I need to.

    The more I see the more disgusted I am of this process.

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    William May

    I have to wonder if other people think as I do. I'm thinking that I must be the only person who is very frustrated with is process.

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    William May

    Since I am forced to wait 60 days to retake the test I have that long to study more.  A good thing I guess, not that I have any choice.

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    Kathryn Walton (Edited )

    Try not to let your frustrations get the best of you, William.  I have to believe that you began this process for a reason.  It's a commitment, for sure.  And there's a lot of good advice on this forum which you just can't ignore, even if it means spending more money.

    The way I see it, I'd rather invest in additional study materials than pay multiple retake fees.  Even if, for example, one has to purchase or rent the AHPP 15th ed. via Amazon, it costs less than the $235 exam fee, and the balance left can be put toward online or tangible practice problems & exams via PPI, Ballast, or Design MasterClass.

    The decision to get licensed is an investment decision on multiple fronts.  Financially, yes, it's an investment, and it doesn't stop with getting licensed.  There are state licensing renewal fees, costs of continuing education, and, of course, business expenses for those wishing to start their own practice.  If I didn't want to spend any money on this process - and on bettering myself to become an architect - then I wouldn't be pursuing it.

    And thanks for that link, Hang.  My plan, should I fail any of my next exams (PA, PPD, PDD), is to turn to PPI and to Design MasterClass for reinforcements before a retake.

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    William May

    Joan,

    Where can I find 800 or 8,000 questions that were written by volunteers that I don't have to pay for?

    One question from one volunteer would be a good start.  Where are those questions and answers bank/library?  I'm not being a S. A. , just asking honestly.

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