ARE 4.0 Ballast Review Manual for 5.0 studying

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    Artem Myagkov

    Hello Rossana, 

    I as well used ARE 4.0 study materials since half of them I passed before 5.0. Unfortunately I studied Kaplan but I hope it helps anyway:

    BDCS 4.0:

    CONC
    MASONRY
    WOOD
    METALS
    THERMAL AND MOISTURE PROT
    DOORS, WINDOWS, AND GLASS
    FINISH WORK
    BUILDING CODES
    SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

    BS 4.0

    SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
    WATER SUPPLY AND DRAINAGE SYST
    BASIC THERMAL PROCESSES
    COMFORT, CLIMATE, AND SOLAR DESIGN
    MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AND ENERGY CODES
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
    LIGHTING
    ACOUSTICS
    VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION
    FIRE SAFETY

    SS 4.0

    STATICS
    BEAMS AND COLUMNS
    WOOD CONSTRUCTION
    STEEL CONSTRUCTION
    REING CONC CONSTRUCTION
    WALLS
    CONNECTIONS
    FOUNDATIONS
    CONVENTIONAL STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS
    LONG SPAN STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS
    TRUSSES
    EARTHQUAKE DESIGN
    WIND DESIGN

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    Rossana Javier

    Thank you for responding, Artem.  I took 2 of mine in 4.0 also, CDS and PPP.  I switched over to 5.0 and took PA (Programming & Analysis), since I hadn't taken SPD.  That leaves me with the last 2, PPD and PDD, one of which I have already scheduled.

    I have the Kaplan ARE 4.0 study materials also, but thanks anyhow!  

    Guess I'll just figure this out for myself, since no one else has responded.

     

     

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Do not use 4.0 material to study for 5.0.  It's not the same exam at all.  The $$ you save wastes more time than what it's worth...  And you will miss topics altogether.

    I used the Ballast Exam Review Guide book.  It's a giant book...  I did wind up reading the entire thing too, though the older version was a bit shorter I think.  I do recommend it as THE comprehensive guide for all the exams.  The PPD content has been updated and expanded in the new version, 2nd edition (yellow).  

    However, I think taking PDD first (pass rate 57%), and then PPD (pass rate 45%) last is a better strategy.  PDD has a higher pass rate than the other 2, and cover cds and structures.  It's more nuts n bolts.  PPD is more schematic and touches on environmental design, seismic, structural system selection, and building siting.

    Hope this helps.

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

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    Rossana Javier

    Thank you for responding, Rebekka; I appreciate the input! 

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    Artem Myagkov

    Just a side note that 4.0 is not useless, since I passed all exams using it.

    New 5.0 Kaplan PPI material is reshuffled 4.0 material with very few additions, for example.

    I agree that some of it is obsolete especially historical and in-depth structural math. But I would not go as far as saying it is unusable. On a tight budget and a bit of research you can use it together with other materials.

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    Rossana Javier

    Yes, I also passed PA using my old 4.0 Kaplan and Ballast materials, plus IBC, Bldg. Construction Illustrated, etc.  

    Thanks again, Artem!

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