I have used this forum throughout my studying journey, and there is an incredible amount of posts on content, useful study material, post-exam debriefs and lessons learned. However, I haven't seen a post on what was the total monetary cost of the ARE process or the specific amount of time people studied, despite the frequency of the question from candidates embarking on the journey (myself included).
As a prelude to my answer, I want to emphasize that this is what it took for me. I know some candidates leverage existing resources/material of offices they are working at, or didn't subscribe to any third-party test prep material and were still successful. Likewise, candidates differ in their experience level and may need more or less time to study. But for those that want an idea of the cost and time required as they are looking to plan out their path, this might be helpful.
A little background for context on my experience: I worked at an architecture firm for about five years upon graduating, then worked in construction for less than two years, and now work in Commercial Real Estate Development for the past 1.5 years. The advantages: I've seen the role of the architect from the perspective of a contractor as well as an owner. The disadvantages: I haven't worked in an architecture firm for 3 years. With that said, the time required for YOU might be less than what it took me, but I knew I didn't want to fail an exam and that I wanted to complete the ARE in 2019.
Hope this helps, Aloha!
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