MATERIALS & RESOURCES
- The Architect’s Handbook for Professional Practice (AHPP) -> Bible
If your significant other makes you choose between the AHPP and her/him, choose the AHPP.
I used Kevin Griendling’s guide for sections to study (google).
- ARE 5 Review Manual (Ballast) -> good for overview of test content
A201 (read, take note and listen to Schiff Hardin Lectures)
B101 (read, take note and listen to Schiff Hardin Lectures)
The AIA contracts questions make up the largest percentage of scored questions. You need to know these two contracts like the back of your hand. For example you need to be able to remember the numbers of day for stakeholders to do something (Architect to approve Contractor’s Application for Payment; Owner to provide financial evidence to Contractor; Architect to terminate the Owner - Architect agreement.)
A133, A195, A295, A701, B195
Designers Hacks: Questions are way easier than the real test but a good way to remember what I read.
Black Spectacles: So far the closest practice exam to the real exam but still easier.
STUDY TIME AND SCHEDULE
I didn’t have as much time to study for this test as I wanted or should. I was pulled in a project with intense schedule before I took the test so I ended up having only about 15 hours of study (in total). But I must say the real experience working on that project helped me a lot.
- Take Designer Hacks short quiz (10 or 25 questions) during break at work
- Listen to Schiff Hardin lectures (A201 & B101) during commute or at work
- The real exam requires a lot of coordination, you have to put many pieces of information together in order to answer the questions (not just in the case studies)
- Using mind map to take note while reading -> much easier when review later
- The real exam is not about remembering about to be able to apply the knowledge into different scenarios (eg. to be able to determine how would a delay at a specific phase/task affect other tasks and the whole schedule)
- Know basic calculation/conversion formulas like financial formulas and ratios; 1 acre to sqft, yard to feet, cubic yard to cubic feet, etc.
My experience on other tests:
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