What would be the best way to start with ARE

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    You are on the right track by starting with the ARE handbook. Now that you have read it, pick a division that you are most familiar and comfortable with, and focus on studying and passing one division first. Then, you can decide if you want to speed up your pace and study two or more divisions at the same time, or keep the pace of one division at a time.

    I think it is important for you to try your best to pass your first division first. This will build your confidence, and also will let you know the whole process.

    Your most valuable asset is your time and effort. I always find it easier to succeed if you can focus, at least at the beginning.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Dan Jacques

    I'm going to link you to a post by someone else who put together a very comprehensive study strategy. Their timeline was ambitious to say the least, so don't stick to that part of it necessarily. I'm using Ballast as my primary material as the OP did too (the book, practice questions and practice exams) supplemented with Hyperfine practice problems which I personally find very helpful.

    To save some money since you aren't being helped by an office, I suggest scouring eBay for some deals on the study materials. I actually bought my Ballast book used on Amazon, but it arrived in like-new condition. I then cut the binding apart and scanned the pages to PDF because it's way too thick for me to read comfortably.

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/115008559548-Just-Passed-All-Exams-Study-Tips-and-Strategy

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    Bryn Young

    Hey Diego,

    You're making a great first step by coming on here and even asking where to start. Starting the process of studying and completing the AREs is pretty daunting and can feel paralyzing with all the information out there (plus the cost of study materials). If you are interested, I wrote a blog post and made a video all about this topic - how to get started, what resources helped me pass, and what to do when you fail. I wrote it because I was asked all the time exactly what you are asking. I hope it is helpful and motivating for you! You can read all about it here: https://www.byoungdesign.com/post/getting-through-the-are

    My biggest advice you'll see is schedule your first exam! Good luck!

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    Diego Gonzalez Alvidrez

    Gang Cheng, thank you for your advice... I have now started to read the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice to start.

    Dan Jacques, thank you for your advice, I have also find a bit hard to read the AHPP comfortably, it is way too thick, I read it several times during the day, but it is difficult to read it at night in bed, I think that I am also going to separate it in a binder with each chapter so it's easier.

    Bryng Young, thank you for your advice, I am going to read and watch the video that you shared first thing tomorrow morining, thank you for the encouraging words, I hope I stay motivated!

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    John Paolo Icmat

    Based on what I read and noticed on the resources available on the web, studying by reading books, learning through online courses, and listening to audible reviewers will significantly help you. I remember my professor told me that you could remember more by learning through listening and reading than by reading alone.

    You can check out ARE courses from Black Spectacles. They all look promising. You can also search for audio reviewers on the internet that you can buy inexpensively. The usual book material suspects you can use are DK Ching books (especially the "visual dictionary"), Brightwood books, and Ballast books.

    Although I do have some ideas regarding this matter, I posted a question in this forum on how to properly prepare in advance a year before starting the ARE so I can consider the things I haven't yet.

    Good luck on your ARE journey!

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