We suggest you read "Schematic Design (SD) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam)" at least three times:
Read once and cover Chapter One, Chapter Two, Appendixes, the related FREE PDF files, and other resources. Highlight the information with which you are not familiar.
Read twice, focusing on the highlighted information to memorize. You can repeat this process as many times as you want until you master the content of the book.
Before you start to do any practice vignette or mock exam, I suggest you jump ahead and read the section titled "Time saving tips for building layout vignette" in Chapter Two. It gives you valuable tips on how to use the paper and pencil provided by the test center to draw a simple bubble diagram to show the relationships between the rooms. This is the HARDEST part of the vignettes.
After reviewing these materials, you can do the mock exam and then check your solutions against the answers and explanations in the back. Highlight the information with which you are not familiar.
Review your highlighted information, and do the mock exam again. Try to answer 100% of the vignettes correctly this time. Repeat the process until you can answer all the vignettes correctly.
Do the mock exam about two weeks before the real exam, but at least 3 days before the real exam. You should NOT wait until the night before the real exam and then do the mock exam: If you do not do well, you will go into panic mode and you will NOT have enough time to review your weakness.
Read for the third time the night before the real exam. Review ONLY the information you highlighted, especially the vignettes you did not answer correctly when you did the mock exam for the first time.
One important tip for passing the graphic vignette section of the ARE SD division is to become VERY familiar with the commands of the NCARB software. Many people fail the exam simply because they are NOT familiar with the NCARB software and cannot finish the graphic vignette section within the time limit of the exam.
For the graphic vignette section, we include step-by-step solutions using NCARB Practice Program software with many screen-shots so that you can use the book to become familiar with the commands of the NCARB software, even when you do NOT have a computer in front of you. This book is very light and you can carry it around easily. These two features will allow you to review the graphic vignette section whenever you have a few minutes.
All commands are described in an abbreviated manner. For example, Use Draw > Library and Conference Room (LCR) > Rectangle means go to the menu on the left hand side of your computer screen, click on Draw, and then click on Rectangle to draw the room LCR in a rectangle shape. This is typical for ALL commands throughout the book.
The Table of Contents is very detailed so you can locate information quickly. If you are on a tight schedule, you can forgo reading the book linearly and jump around to the sections you need.