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Building Design and Construction Systems (BDCS) ARE Mock Exam: ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations (Architect Registration Exam) Paperback – 12 Jul 2011

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fb25978) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
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HASH(0x8fb1475c) out of 5 stars Tried everything 4 times before reading this book and PASSED! 22 Jun. 2014
By hendea1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I had failed this exam 4 times prior to getting this book. Each time I missed either the ramp or the stair vignette. I had zero clue as to what I was doing wrong. I read Ballast, Kaplan and random things on the forum but for the life of me couldn't pin point where I was missing it until I read THIS BOOK! Gang did an excellent job breaking down each vignette. (I'm even embarrassed to say I even studied Dorf - the God of vignettes) I remember going through the ramp and reading Gang's book and saying Ohhhh like 4 or 5 times. I read his book several times until I became comfortable with the information. I went in on test day and it was a breeze. I remember walking out of there thinking I couldn't believe I struggled so much before. The tips in here are priceless! I strongly recommend this book, ESPECIALLY if you are struggling with the vignettes like me!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fdea744) out of 5 stars Great Book & Passed The Test! 3 Sept. 2013
By Michael Riscica - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Gang Chens book very helpful for studying for the BDCS exam. His practice tests were very close to the actual questions on the exam. The answers and explanations were extremely helpful for discovering where I needed more study.

Vignette information was very good. Especially for such an vignette extensive exam.

I must admit I did get very frustrated by getting an answer wrong on his practice exam, because I didn't read the question thoroughly. This book reemphasized something I already knew about my test taking. I need to slow down and thoroughly read the questions and think about what they are asking for.

Thanks Gang Chen! I decided to buy your building systems book for my next (and last) exam.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fdea648) out of 5 stars I always start with a Gang Chen review book 11 Nov. 2014
By jokermtb - Published on Amazon.com
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A very well crafted review. I've gotten into the habit of whenever I begin studying for a new ARE Exam, I always start with a Gang Chen review book. The mock multiple choice exam is great for quickly finding out where you are weak/strong, so you can concentrate on bolstering any deficiencies on your own with other publications. The vignette walk-thru's are very good - a lot of good tricks and strategies that will really help save a lot of time on the exams - leaving you more time to come up with a solution that wins a passing score. So far, I'm 5 for 5 on the ARE exams, and Gang Chen has been along for the whole ride.
HASH(0x903d0884) out of 5 stars Passed...and this book helped a lot... 4 Jan. 2015
By Shamila Zubairi - Published on Amazon.com
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I took BDCS a second time recently and looked around for the materials that I didn't have the first time, this book was possibly the only thing that I bought over the other materials that I already had. I like how GC books are formatted with the questions that you can attempt and then check with the answers that explain all the given choices and why they were wrong/right. I like how the vignette explanations were detailed and concentrated on how to handle them in a quick fashion as from my 2 attempts I know that it can be a struggle. The stair vignettes in both my attempts were quite complicated compared to the NCARB example. I suggest that you practice all three vignettes a lot and take them really seriously. I have never heard of that many people failing vignettes as in this one. I can't say enough about the detailed explanations that are given in this book on vignettes. The multiple choice questions and answers guide you to a lot of things that you can research before taking this exam. This book is highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fc91060) out of 5 stars Bloated and uninformative- creepy Karaoke 27 July 2015
By Not Given - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrible book. It's clear the author only wanted to fill pages and has no interest in teaching. Have you seen his bizarre youtube videos of him singing to pop songs? It's creepy and I don't trust him. The answers are unhelpful and the entire thing is bloated with extra text or repeated text. The answers section doesn't clarify why one answer is correct, it only repeats which are the wrong answers and which are the right answers.
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