Foreign Architect seeking to start ARE - need advice

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    Gang Chen

    First Thing First: Go to the Website of your Architect Registration Board and Read all the Requirements of Obtaining an Architect License in your Jurisdiction

    See the following link:

    https://www.ncarb.org/get-licensed/state-licensing-boards

    Then, read the NCARB ARE handbook,

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

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    Mark Baker

    You will find that the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice is a very important PRIMARY resource (which means NCARB creates questions directly based on this resource).  

    Definitely check out the AIA Contract documents - also a primary resource.

    There are Schiff Harden lectures you may come across, as well as a guide to reading the AHPP and what sections apply to what portions of the exam.

    I always recommend a book called "The Business of Design" because it was a great primer on the information needed for PA, and a quick easy read with graphics.

    I also recommend the Ballast ARE 5.0 Manual as a helpful but lengthy overview to each of the tests.

    Best wishes!

    Mark, Archizam - ARE 5.0 Practice Exams

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    I would not start with PcM first.  The pass rate is 50% and it's mostly about managing a firm and contracts, which most interns don't get much experience with, and it's also very much language based content.

    First thing to do is read the entire NCARB Handbook.  I'd start with the Construction & Evaluation exam too.  The info in the handbook will be very helpful for studying for it.  

    Depending upon how long you've been practicing in the US, it may just take some time/experience.  I'd also recommend reading Building Construction Illustrated as a gateway to studying.

    Good luck!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Katie Merten

    There's a Foreign Architect's Facebook group that might be of use.  

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    INGRID Guadalupe Perez Menendez

    Thank you guys! I appreciate your assitance.

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