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Construction Documents and Service (CDS): ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations Paperback – 22 May 2011


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Gang Chen holds a Master Degree from School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a Bachelors Degree from the Department of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of, or participated in, have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register, etc. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school design, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing and high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C, a licensed architect in California and a member of American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is also the bestselling author of "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture. ArchiteG.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the price, full of filler and speculation 16 April 2012
By manamana - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this after reading the glowing reviews here and a few on AREforum. I returned it the next day, and I feel I should write this review to save others the $$ in return shipping.

And the highest level, this book has too little useful content and too many problems to justify the price. It might be a worthy buy for $15 or so, just for the additional sample multiple choice questions (which are decent, but not stellar).

The advice / walkthrough for the vignette falls into two categories: advice commonly agreed upon and available for free by reading through the CDS section of the AREforum, and advice based on the author's speculation. The latter is spurious at best since there's no real way of knowing specifically how NCARB grades beyond a certain general level. At worst it's flat wrong.

It's also overly verbose. You get the feeling like there was a conscious effort to make the thing longer, to mask how little useful content there is. The huge font size throughout the text also contributes to this.

The sample multiple choice generally seems to cover the material decently (though I didn't read all that much of it), but suffers from poor wording. The questions don't 'feel' like NCARB questions. If you want good multiple choice review, just buy the ballast book used. It has considerably more content and the questions are better structured.

The production (typography/layout) is pretty poor. Not that it's a big deal but the book just doesn't look like it was put together by a pro. For $60+ I'd kind of expect a little better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Helped me pass 11 Mar 2014
By Laura Radle - Published on Amazon.com
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Practice problems are similar to the real exam. Design vignette instructions are very helpful and walk you through each step required to pass. This book helped me pass the test no doubt.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great tool! 26 July 2014
By MRivera - Published on Amazon.com
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This book does not claim to have all the content but it excels at pointing the user in the right direction. The mock exam and explanations to answers were a great tool.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Worthy 4 April 2013
By Ildecoll - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't recommend this book, you are better off with Dorf and Ncarb recommended literature. In summary, is like a $5 pamphlet, not worthy...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I liked the book 21 July 2013
By Escondite (RA!) - Published on Amazon.com
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I have seen a little of back and forth going on in these reviews about Mr. Gang Chen's book in CDS.. to put it bluntly I really liked the book, and I liked it much more than the ballast or Kaplan(which I used during my first fail). What I liked about it is that it basically tells you to concentrate more in studying and reading the materials and less in the practice exam. When you do the practice exam the content is incredibly useful to prepare you for the exam, and the fact that it is not 300+ questions makes you concentrate in what's important and not burn out in trivial memorization. And that's the key, the focusing on the right materials is the reason why I bought this and it worked. I passed - seriously the ARE is a tough and horrible experience for most people so its always good to step out of the regular materials.
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