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How to Use This Book

Table of Contents

Chapter One Overview of Architect Registration Exam (ARE)

A. First Thing First: Go to the website of your architect registration board and read all the requirements for obtaining an architect license in your jurisdiction

B. Download and review the latest ARE documents from NCARB website
1. Important links to the FREE and official NCARB documents
2. A detailed list and brief description of the FREE PDF files that you can download from NCARB
· ARE Guidelines
· NCARB Education Guidelines
· Intern Development Program Guidelines
· The IDP Supervisor Guidelines
· Handbook for Interns and Architects
· Official exam guide, references index, and practice program (NCARB software) for each ARE division
· The Burning Question: Why Do We Need ARE Anyway?
· Defining Your Moral Compass
· Rules of Conduct

C. The Intern Development Program (IDP)
1. What is IDP?
2. Who qualify as interns?

D. Overview of Architect Registration Exam (ARE)
1. How to qualify for the ARE?
2. How to qualify for the architect license?
3. What is the purpose of ARE?
4. What is NCARB's rolling clock?
5. How to register for an ARE exam?
6. How early do I need to arrive at the test center?
7. Exam Format & Time
· Programming, Planning & Practice
· Site Planning & Design
· Building Design & Construction Systems
· Schematic Design
· Structural Systems
· Building Systems
· Construction Documents and Service
8. How are ARE scores reported?
9. Are there a fixed percentage of candidates who pass the ARE exams?
10. When can I retake a failed ARE division?
11. How much time do I need to prepare for each ARE division?
12. Which ARE division should I start first?
13. ARE exam prep and test-taking tips
14. English system (English or inch-pound units) vs. metric system (SI units)
15. Codes and standards used in this book

Chapter Two Construction Documents & Services (CDS) Division

A. General Information
1. Exam Content
2. Official exam guide and practice program for CDS division

B. The most important documents/publications for CDS division of the ARE exam
1. American Institute of Architects (AIA) Documents
2. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice (AHPP)
3. International Building Code (IBC)
4. Architectural Graphic Standards
5. CSI Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat & Building Construction

C. Tips, Solution and Notes on NCARB Traps
1. Tips for graphic vignette section
2. Step-by-step solution to the official NCARB CDS practice program problem: graphic vignette section
· Tips
· Solution
3. Notes on NCARB traps
4. A summary of the critical dimensions

Chapter Three ARE Mock Exam for Construction Documents & Services (CDS) Division

A. Mock Exam: CDS Multiple-Choice (MC) Section

B. Mock Exam: CDS Graphic vignette section
· Directions
· Program
· Tips
· Warning
· Time

Chapter Four ARE Mock Exam Solution for Construction Documents & Services (CDS) Division

A. Mock Exam Answers and explanation: CDS Multiple-Choice (MC) Section

B. Mock Exam Solution: CDS Graphic vignette section
1. Step-by-step description for a passing solution using the official NCARB CDS practice program
2. Notes on graphic vignette traps
3. A summary of the critical dimensions
4. A failing solution and lessons learned


A. List of Figures

B. Official reference materials suggested by NCARB
1. General NCARB reference materials for ARE
2. Official NCARB reference materials for the Construction Documents & Services (CDS) division
C. Other reference materials

D. Definition of Architects and Some Important Information about Architects and the Profession of Architecture

E. AIA Compensation Survey

F. So ... You would Like to Study Architecture

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