MATERIALS & RESOURCES
- Ballast -> good for overview of test content
- Professional Practice: A Guide to Turn Designs into Buildings (good quick read to have general idea about the management side of the profession)
- The Architect’s Handbook for Professional Practice (AHPP) -> Bible
- The Architect’s Guide to Small Firm Management (Chapter 7 - Finance)
- AIA Code of Ethics
- NCARB Rules of Conduct
A201 (read, take note and listen to Schiff Hardin Lectures)
B101 (read, take note and listen to Schiff Hardin Lectures)
A701, A305, G701, G702, G703, G704
Designers Hack: 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.
Gather study tips from ARE facebook group and NCARB ARE Community -> assemble study resources + establish a strategy
NCARB ARE 5.0 Handbook: get the general idea of the kind of questions will be on the test.
Read contracts (B101, A201) and take note (focus more on the B101)
Skim other related contract (C401, A101) & forms
Take Designer Hacks practice exam (full) & Black Spectacles practice exam -> Determine strength and weakness.
Guide for sections to study for each test: http://narmourwright.com/wp/index.php/wiley-publishing/
AIA Code of Ethics
NCARB Rules of Conduct
Review study materials based on assessment from the practice exams.
Take Designer Hacks practice exam (full) & Black Spectacles practice exam
STUDY TIME AND SCHEDULE
Total study time: 3 weeks
2-3 hours per day during the week
8 hours per day during weekends
- 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. This means more practice the better.
- Know financial ratios, equations well (eg. be able to determine how many hour should an employee spend on a project to be profitable)
My experience on other tests:
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