A Familiar ARE 5.0 Debate
CE - Section 4, Objective 1 The punch list. Who provides it? The short answer: The contractor. Why? Because it says so in AIA document A201-2017™, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. The long answer: The actual practice of architecture often diverges from how A201-2017 says it’s supposed to work. For answering exam questions, this is a recipe for confusion that is often reinforced by those who should know better. Just so we’re all working from the same set of... Read More
Spoiler. It’s the Owner.
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 peanut butter as required by the specifications. In accordance with AIA Document A201-2017, the architect requests to see the peanut butter. The contractor disassembles the sandwich, which exposes smooth peanut butter. Who pays for uncovering the peanut butter and reassembling the sandwich? The owner According to... Read More
Best Practices for the ARE 5.0
It’s mid-May, almost 5 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? We’re almost halfway through 2019, 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... Read More
Cognitive Complexity on the ARE 5.0 – Understanding U/A and A/E
Within each division of ARE 5.0 there are specific learning objectives that 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
ARE 5.0 Practice Tests – “That’s all I want.”
Are you seeking out practice tests for the ARE 5.0? Contrary to popular test prep strategies, practice tests might not be the answer to your ARE woes. Time and again we hear candidates say, “I knew all the answers on the practice tests, why did I fail the exam?” or “The practice tests were nothing like the questions I had on the exam!” The ARE is a Standardized Test ... NOT! ARE 5.0 is unlike other standardized tests. Using practice tests to prepare for exams like the ACT/SAT,... Read More
The Architect May Be Liable Too
PcM - Section 1, Objective 3 CE - Section 2, Objective 1 This question comes up regularly. On a routine site visit an architect witnesses an unsafe condition. What to do? I often hear, “Say nothing, because of the architect’s potential exposure to liability.” Seems like a safe approach, but is this really what it’s come to? Not only is the “say nothing” response morally suspect, it’s arguably a violation of more than one standard in the architect’s Code of Ethics... Read More
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