PA was my first exam in the 5.0 version, for this 3rd try, since I'm working from home I have more time available so I studied for about 4 months 3-4 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, that made a difference from the previous 2 times, when I had time to study only on weekends. My main recommendation is you have to study everyday, not only on weekends, second recommendation is to listen to these podcasts, really help you understand the concept and strategy behind the ARE: https://architectexamprep.com/architect-exam-prep-podcast/.
I used the following materials:
You Tube videos from Black spectacles
Site Planning and Design Handbook
Standard for the Treatment of Historic Building
The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice
PPI ARE 5.0 Exam Review
LEED V4.1 BC+C
2015 International Building Code ( Read it, understand it and learn how to use it)
Lastly, I used the strategy of going thru the Case Studies first, it worked for me but I think is because I had taken this test before, however I almost run out of time for the rest of the questions, so I do not recommend that strategy. I believe is better to go thru the multiple choice questions as fast as possible, leave at least 1 to 1.5 Hr. available for the case studies, take the break to clear your mind and then go to the case studies. Remember each question is valid 1 point, no matter what.
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