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Free ARE resources during COVID-19

Free ARE resources during COVID-19

We are a few months into this. You’ve mastered drafting while juggling a toddler, your kitchen looks like a sourdough science experiment, and you’ve put together enough puzzles to last a lifetime or two. Take the time saved from your commute and dedicate it (or…

ARE 5.0: Study Method (with Kids)

ARE 5.0: Study Method (with Kids)

Due to decisions that made a lot of sense at the time they were made, I postponed taking the AREs until I was in my mid-30s with two young children.  It was is a time in my life where I had less time and money…

Passed the AREs

Passed the AREs

This post is, well, very late. I have been busy with work and my focus was on recovery! In November I passed the last of my ARE exams. Yay! I’m since become licensed in Texas and received my NCARB certificate. I managed to finish all…

ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation (CE) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation (CE) Study Notes

CE OVERVIEW The following is an overview of what may appear on the CE exam based on reviewing NCARB’s ARE 5.0 Handbook (Oct 2019 version…it was recently updated) and ARE related discussion boards. NCARB updates the handbook on occasion, so it is best to always…

ARE 5.0 Project Development & Documentation (PDD) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Development & Documentation (PDD) Study Notes

Overview of what may appear on the PDD exam based on reviewing NCARB’s ARE 5.0 Handbook and ARE related discussion boards.

ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design (PPD) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design (PPD) Study Notes

I’ve been 3 for 3 so far and PPD is this weekend followed by PDD next month. I’ve been taking them in order and would be very happy to pass all on the first try. There is a lot of overlap between PA and PPD…

ARE 5.0 Programming & Analysis (PA) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Programming & Analysis (PA) Study Notes

2 down 4 to go. (Update: I passed the first try. 3 down, 3 to go!) PA is this weekend and writing down my notes in my own words helps me study. I’d also like to help others study so hopefully you will also find…

ARE 5.0 Project Management PjM Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Management PjM Study Notes

Below are notes that I have taken and used to study for the ARE 5.0 Project Managment test.  These notes are based on facebook group /ARE Forum conversations and the NCARB recommended study material including the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice,  Ballast ARE 5 Study Guide…

ARE 5.0 PcM Practice Management – Favorite Resources

ARE 5.0 PcM Practice Management – Favorite Resources

After years of setbacks and some (ok, a lot of) procrastination, I scheduled the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) 5.0 Practice Management (PcM) exam for early November. As the test date came near, I increased my efforts to balance work, study, and home life. I took…

What are Office Standards and Why do I Need Them?

What are Office Standards and Why do I Need Them?

Over the years I have been working on creating and massaging office standards that not only help to maintain consistency within the office but are also something that team members are willing to use.  I will say that the biggest challenge has been on the…