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ARE Exam Prep Books (Architect Registration Exam)

See posts at the lower portion of this page for tips on the easiest way to pass the ARE  exams and more information on our ARE books.

The following are our published books on ARE 5.0 Exam Prep:

1. Practice Management (PcM) ARE 5.0 Exam Guide (Architect Registration Examination): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Guide, and Critical Content(#ad)


2. Practice Management (PcM) ARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Examination): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations. (#ad)

ISBN: 9781612650388

3. Project Management (PjM) ARE 5.0 Exam Guide (Architect Registration Examination): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Guide, and Critical Content (#ad)
ISBN: 9781612650418

4. Project Management (PjM) ARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Examination): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations. (#ad)

ISBN: 9781612650371

5. Programming & Analysis (PA) ARE 5.0 Exam Guide (Architect Registration Examination): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Guide, and Critical Content (#ad)

ISBN: 9781612650487

6. Programming & Analysis (PA) ARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam):  ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations. (#ad)

ISBN:  9781612650326

7. Project Planning & Design (PPDARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Examination): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations. (#ad)

ISBN: 9781612650296  

8. Project Development & Documentation (PDD) ARE 5 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE 5 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations. (#ad)

ISBN: 9781612650258

9. Construction and Evaluation (CE) ARE 5 Exam Guide (Architect Registration Exam): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Guide, and Critical Content. (#ad)

ISBN: 9781612650432

10. Construction & Evaluation (CE) ARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations. (#ad)

ISBN13: 9781612650241   

11. Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam): CSE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, General Section and Project Scenario Section, Questions, Solutions and Explanations(#ad)

ISBN: 9781612650159     


12. Architectural Practice Simplified: A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management (#ad)

ISBN: 9781432711894


13. The 2nd edition of Architectural Practice Simplified has been published!

We have created a new cover and new title for the 2nd edition. It is selling at a special promotional price(#ad):

ISBN: 978098437414


How to qualify for the ARE?

A candidate needs to qualify for the ARE via one of NCARB?s member registration boards, or one of the Canadian provincial architectural associations.

Check with your Board of Architecture for specific requirements.

For example, in California, a candidate must provide verification of a minimum of five years of education and/or architectural work experience to qualify for the ARE.

Candidates can satisfy the five-year requirement in a variety of ways:

* Provide verification of a professional degree in architecture through a program that is accredited by NAAB or CACB.  


* Provide verification of at least five years of educational equivalents.


* Provide proof of work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed architect


How much time do I need to prepare for each ARE division               

You need about 40 hours to prepare for each ARE division. You need to set a realistic study schedule and stick with it. Make sure you allow time for personal and recreational commitments. If you are working full time, my suggestion is that you allow no less than 2 weeks but NOT more than 2 months to prepare for each ARE division. You should NOT drag out the exam prep process too long and risk losing your momentum.  

ARE exam prep and test-taking tips  

You can start with Construction Documents and Service (CDS) and Structural Systems (SS) first because both divisions gave a limited scope, but you may want to study building regulations and architectural history (especially famous architects and buildings that set the trends at critical turning points) before you take other divisions. 

Do mock exams and practice questions and vignettes, including those provided by NCARB?s practice program and this book, to hone your skills. 

Form study groups and learn the exam experience of other ARE candidates. The forum at our website is a helpful resource. See the following link: 

Take the ARE exams as soon as you become eligible, since you probably still remember portions of what you learned in architectural schools, especially structural and architectural history. Do not make excuses for yourself and put off the exams. 

The following test-taking tips may help you:

* Pace yourself properly: You should spend about one minute for each Multiple-Choice (MC) question, except for the SS division. You should spend about one and a half minutes for each Multiple-Choice (MC) question for the SS division.

* Read the questions carefully and pay attention to words like best, could, not, always, never, seldom, may, false, except, etc.

* For questions that you are not sure of, eliminate the obvious wrong answer and then make an educated guess. If you do NOT answer the question, you automatically lose the point. If you guess, you have a chance to gain the point...

* You really need to spend time practicing to become VERY familiar with NCARB?s graphic software and know every command well. This is because ARE graphic vignette is a timed test, and you do NOT have time to think about how to use the NCARB?s graphic software during the test. Otherwise, you will NOT be able to finish your solution to the vignette on time.

* ARE exams test a candidate?s competency on providing professional services to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Do NOT waste your time on aesthetic or other design elements not required by the program. 

ARE exams are difficult, but if you study hard and prepare well, combined with your experience, IDP training, and/or college education, you should be able to pass all divisions and eventually be able to call yourself an architect. 

What others are saying about ARE Mock Exam series &  ARE Exam Guide series ?

"Great study guide"

"This was a great resource supplement to my other study resources. I appreciated the mock exam questions the most, and the solutions offer an explanation as to why the answer is correct. I will definitely check out his other ARE exam resources!

UPDATE: Got my PASS Letter!"

---Sean Primeaux

"Tried everything 4 times before reading this book and PASSED!"

"I had failed this exam 4 times prior to getting this book?I had zero clue as to what I was doing wrong. I read Ballast, Kaplan and random things on the forum but for the life of me couldn't pin point where I was missing it until I read THIS BOOK! Gang did an excellent job?I remember going through the ramp and reading Gang's book and saying Ohhhh like 4 or 5 times. I read his book several times until I became comfortable with the information. I went in on test day and it was a breeze. I remember walking out of there thinking I couldn't believe I struggled so much before. The tips in here are priceless! I strongly recommend this book."


"Add this to your ARE study"

"This was a very helpful practice exam and discussion. I really appreciated the step-by-step review of the author's approach... As I studied it last before taking the test, Gang Chen's book probably made the difference for me."

---Dan Clowes ("XLine")

"Good supplemental mock exam"

"I found the mock exam to be very helpful, all of the answers are explained thoroughly and really help you understand why it is correct...Also the introduction and test taking tips are very helpful for new candidates just starting the ARE process."


"Essential Study Tool"

"I have read the book and found it to be a great study guide for myself. Mr. Gang Chen does such a great job of helping you get into the right frame of mind for the content of the exam. Mr. Chen breaks down the points on what should be studied and how to improve your chances of a pass with his knowledge and tips for the exam and practice vignettes.

I highly recommend this book to anyone?it is an invaluable tool in the preparation for the exam as Mr. Chen provides a vast amount of knowledge in a very clear, concise, and logical matter."

---Luke Giaccio

"Wish I had this book earlier"
"...The questions are written like the NCARB questions, with various types...check all that apply, fill in the blank, best answer, etc. The answer key helpfully describes why the correct answer is correct, and why the incorrect answers are not. Take it from my experience, at half the cost of other mock exams, this is a must buy if you want to pass..."
---Domiane Forte ("Vitruvian Duck")

"This book did exactly like the others said."

"This book did exactly like the others said. It is immensely helpful with the explanation... There are so many codes to incorporate, but Chen simplifies it into a methodical process. Bought it and just found out I passed. I would recommend."


"It was the reason I passed."

"This book was a huge help. I passed the AREs recently and I felt this book gave me really good explanations for each answer. It was the reason I passed."

---Amazon Customer

"Great Practice Exam"
" For me, it was difficult to not be overwhelmed by the amount of content covered by the Exam. This Mock Exam is the perfect tool to keep you focused on the content that matters and to evaluate what you know and what you need to study. It definitely helped me pass the exam!"
---Michael Harvey ("Harv")

"One of the best practice exams"

"Excellent study guide with study tips, general test info, and recommended study resources. Hands down one of the best practice exams that I have come across for this exam. Most importantly, the practice exam includes in depth explanations of answers. Definitely recommended."
---Taylor Cupp

"Great Supplement!"

"This publication was very helpful in my preparation for my BS exam. It contained a mock exam, followed by the answers and brief explanations to the answers. I would recommend this as an additional study material for this exam."

---Cynthia Zorrilla-Canteros ("czcante")

"Fantastic! "
"When I first began to prepare for this exam; the number of content areas seemed overwhelming and daunting at best. However, this guide clearly dissected each content area into small management components. Of all the study guides currently available for this test - this exam not only included numerous resources (web links, you tube clips, etc..), but also the sample test was extremely helpful. The sample test incorporated a nice balance of diagrams, calculations and general concepts - this book allowed me to highlight any "weak" content areas I had prior to the real exam. In short - this is an awesome book!"
---Rachel Casey (RC)

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  • "I PASSED!!! Having Gang Chen's book helped out greatly the second time around. I did not have this resource the first time taking the exam. So, I would highly recommend it for t..."
    -----James Lushbough


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