Proceed with caution when taking ARE 5.0 Practice Tests.
There’s a ton of ARE 5.0 practice tests out there. But, a solid test question is hard to write. With the help of psychometricians, NCARB relies on an army of volunteers to write, review, revise, and test their exam questions before they’re unleashed on the candidates. The fact that candidates still have issues with NCARB’s test questions is evidence of the writing challenge. I’d argue that no third-party ARE practice test questions have been as thoroughly vetted. And forget about... Read More
ARE 5.0 – Don’t Forget about Time, Strategy, and Guessing
Passing the ARE 5.0 isn't just about knowing the content, it's also strategy. You've got to apply multiple test-taking strategies to boost your odds. The truth is, time management is critical to squeeze every point out of this exam. There's no time to spare, especially when you get into the Case Study questions, which account for 10% to 20% of each exam. So, lock yourself in a quiet room, log in to your NCARB Record, and spend some quality time with the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam. Don't... Read More
Statute of Repose vs. Statute of Limitations
WTF is the difference? Inquiring minds want to know. There’s a lot of confusion regarding Statute of Repose vs. Statute of Limitations. One reason is each state sets its own limitations as to the start date, the duration, and the end date. Furthermore, these change over time, as each state sets a new precedent and updates the law. There is no absolute time limit for each statute, they both generally vary from 1-10 years depending on the state, and there isn’t one specific date the clock... Read More
Studying For ARE 5.0 — It’s Not Easy
Historically, candidates were tested in distinct repositories of information because the content covered by the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) was siloed. For example, all questions about mechanical systems were in one division, and questions about construction documents were in another. This compartmentalization made studying pretty straightforward. For the most part, it was one topic = one division. Studying for an exam like ARE 5.0 that tests holistically presents a different challenge... Read More
Making Sense of the ARE 5.0 Divisions
With ARE 5.0, NCARB has attempted to make the ARE reflect the reality of practicing architecture. Being mindful of the exam structure will help you maintain perspective as you approach each division. The six ARE 5.0 divisions can be sorted into two broad groups (with division 6 having elements of both groups): Management: In divisions 1, 2, and 6, NCARB wants to know if you can manage an office and a project, and if you understand construction administration. The Project: In divisions 3, 4,... Read More
A Familiar ARE 5.0 Debate – AIA A201
CE - Section 4, Objective 1 (AIA A201-2007) The punch list. Who provides it? The short answer: The contractor. Why? Because it says so in AIA A201-2017™, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. The long answer: The actual practice of architecture often diverges from how AIA A201-2017 says it’s supposed to work. For answering exam questions, this is a recipe for the confusion that is often reinforced by those who should know better. Just so we’re all working from the... Read More
AIA Document A201-2017. Spoiler. It’s the Owner.
Division: Construction and Evaluation Section 3: Administrative Procedures & Protocols (32-38%) Objective 4: Evaluate responses to non-conformance with contract documents During a routine inspection to determine if the sandwich is substantially complete, the architect suspects that the contractor used chunky peanut butter instead of smooth as required by the specifications. In accordance with AIA Document A201-2017, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, the... Read More
Best Practices for the ARE 5.0 – Study Habits
It’s mid-February, almost 2 months have passed since you made your “I’m finally going to get licensed” New Year’s resolution. You’ve purchased some ARE 5.0 study materials. By now you have daily study sessions seamlessly integrated into your daily routine, right? So you’ve logged over 200 hours of study time. Or not. Life gets busy. There are family obligations and work responsibilities. Situations occur that are out of our control. It’s only natural to get distracted and to... Read More
Cognitive Complexity on the ARE 5.0
Within each division of ARE 5.0, specific learning objectives are defined by an expected level of cognitive complexity to assess a candidate’s critical thinking skills. The levels of cognition are based on a modified model of Bloom's Taxonomy. In this modified model, NCARB excluded the two extremes, “Remember” (lowest cognitive level) and “Create” (highest cognitive level) and combined the remaining four levels of knowledge into two, Understand/Apply and... Read More
New Resolutions + New Habits = Transform Your Life.
How to Create an ARE Study Habit that Sticks. It’s January, you’ve made your “get architecture license” new year’s resolution, and purchased some ARE 5.0 study materials. But have you taken any real steps toward achieving your goal? Shopping is easy and purchasing stuff we think we need to start working towards our goal feels good. People join a gym, buy workout clothes, or stock their fridge with healthy foods. But that won’t get you to the gym 3 times a week, or force you... Read More