I felt like I should share some strategies that I used to study for this test. I really surprised myself with this one. I've been getting accustomed to taking ARE tests twice most of the time, but my approach for the technical exams was different and I ended up passing on my first try with almost 1 1/2 hours remaining on my clock. I hope these strategies help:
1. Find some ARE candidates you vibe with (this is important) & have meetings to go over content. Read a book, and then meet once a week to go over what you learned/read. Ask questions, and make your own practice questions. Discuss confusing diagrams. Argue about practice test questions. This was (by far) the most useful thing I have done. I joined the Young Architect Academy and it got me in touch with a great group. It is pricey but you also get a lot of useful content and syllabus to help focus your studying. Or you could make a group on your own (way cheaper). I personally think zoom meetings are a lot easier then meeting in real life because everyone can see one screen and annotate on it.
2. Pick a time to study and COMMIT to studying at that time every single day. Logging your hours helps keep you accountable. Doing this with a group keeps you even more accountable. I studied, on average, about 16-20 hours a week for 10 weeks.
3. Video's are a lot easier to digest. Watching a video about the variations of a hydraulic elevator was way easier to understand then reading about it in MEEB (Mechanical & Electrical Equipment for Buildings) and it was way easier to understand MEEB after watching videos.
4. Elif Questions are gold (arequestions.com). I wouldn't say they resemble the real exam, but they force you to think about the content on a deep level that surpasses what would be required for the ARE. These questions are great to take as a group and are very affordable. I'd suggest studying both the PA & PPD questions. I think the Young Architect "Drills" and Amber Book Practice exam are at a level similar to what you'd need to pass this test.
My main study sources were:
2. Young Architect Meetup Videos (You'd need to join the ARE bootcamp for this)
3. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings
4. Heating, Cooling, and Lighting
5. Architect Studio Companion
6. Sun, Wind, and Light
7. Site Planning and Design Handbook
Now I am going on to study for PDD (last test!) Thanks all.
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