8 Steps to Get You On Your Way…

We have put together the following steps to help you get started with the material contained within the Ultimate Whole Enchilada . Consider this your road map to help you get started.

Step 1 – Downloading the Files

This is a little bit of an exercise in file management, but if you follow the instructions, we promise to get you well on your way. Please be sure to download ALL 10 files and SAVE them on YOUR COMPUTER. The link you were given to download the materials WILL EXPIRE IN 24 HOURS, so be sure to download within that timeframe. If you are unable to do that, send an email to support@architectexamprep.com and we will resend the link (allow 24 hours for a response).

DOWNLOADING NOTE: Mozilla Firefox seems to be the most stable web browser for downloading the files. If you’re having any trouble downloading the files, give Firefox a try.

EXPIRED LINK: If you get an expired link (it happens when candidates get so giddy, they keep clicking the download link), send an email to support@architectexamprep.com and we can reactivate the link for you. Please allow 24 hours for the link to be resent to you.

IMPORTANT: Please CLICK the link on the download page to begin downloading the files.

SPD Download

There are a total of 10 Zip files to download. These files are very large, about 550 MB total, so please allow 5-20 minutes for all the files to download. The Zip files are the following;

    • 01_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Multiple_Choice_Study_Guide.zip
    • 02_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Vignette_Review_Guide.zip
    • 03_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_DIY_Workbook.zip
    • 04_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Flashcards.zip
    • 05_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Audio_Companion_Module_1.zip
    • 06_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Audio_Companion_Module_2.zip
    • 07_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Audio_Companion_Module_3.zip
    • 08_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Audio_Companion_Module_4.zip
    • 09_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Audio_Companion_Module_5.zip
    • 10_Architect_Exam_Prep_SPD_Cad_drawings.zip

PPP Download

Instructions for PPP are identical as for SPD, but PPP includes 9 files because there are only 4 Modules for the Audio Companion.

We have prepared this short video to show you the downloading process (this video shows SPD, other divisions are similar);

Tips to help you in downloading the files;

    • Please save the files in a directory on your computer where you can access them after they are downloaded on to your computer.
    • The files are VERY large, about 550 MB combined. Please make sure to allow time to download. Depending on your connection, it can take anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes to download all of the files.
    • Be sure to select the computer where you would like the files to live and interface with itunes, i.e. if you plan on using at home, than we recommend downloading all of the files at home opposed to the office.
    • You will need to UNZIP all of the files. We have prepared a short video tutorial in STEP 6 to show you how to manage that process.

Step 2 – Unzip All of the Files

In this step, we need to UNZIP all of the files. We recommend using WinZip for PC (you can download a free evaluation version) and for Mac, double clicking the file should begin the unzipping process. Below is a short video showing you how to unzip your files.

Step 3 – Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

The next step is to download the LATEST Version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (XI), which is free, by clicking the link to visit Adobe’s website and download the correct version for your operating system (PC or Mac). I

NOTE: This Step is the biggest source of confusion for candidates because of failure to read and follow the steps contained in STEP 3. This process is quite simple, if you read and follow the directions below.

If you’re having trouble opening the files or printing the files, this Step WILL SOLVE YOUR ISSUE, provided you read and follow it exactly. Here are the steps to properly open and print the documents;

  1. DOWNLOAD latest version of the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader if you haven’t already done so. This applies for your desktop, laptop, iPad or other mobile device (Adobe Reader is free in the App Store, Goodreader or any other mobile app will NOT work for our .pdf files).
  2. OPEN Adobe Acrobat Reader program (do not just double click the .pdf file to open because it may not open with Adobe Acrobat Reader if you haven’t set it up to do that).
  3. Once Adobe Acrobat Reader is open, click on File and find the location where you put your .pdf files and select them.
  4. ENTER password and file will open and you will be able to successfully print the files.

Additional Note: Rest assured you have the correct passwords and if you follow the steps above, they will open the files.

BLUEBEAM NOTE: Bluebeam may work with your files, but we do not support bluebeam. We have saved the .pdf documents using Adobe Acrobat and the files are guaranteed to work with the LATEST VERSION of Adobe Acrobat Reader.. Use Bluebeam at your own risk.

Using the Files on iPad, iPhone, or other mobile device

IMPORTANT: You will need the Foxit App for opening files on mobile devices. I use it for all my pdfs and it works great. I don’t know why Acrobat Reader won’t open the files on mobile devices, but use the Foxit App and you’ll be fine.

You will need to use either iTunes or Dropbox to view our materials on your mobile device. Please refer to complete Step By Step instructions for this process by clicking Transferring the PDF files to your iOS Devices.

Step 4 – Print the Study Guide, Vignette Review Guide and D.I.Y. Workbook

For the next step, we recommend printing the Study Guide, Vignette Review Guide,  and D.I.Y. Workbook. We recommend printing all of the guides double sided. We also recommend using a three hole punch and putting the guides in a three ring binder. Also be sure to check out the short Study Guide Video Tutorial in Step 7.

Step 5 – Print the Flashcards

Be sure to check out the short video tutorial below that show you how to print the Flashcards. There are over 240 Flashcards broken down into 6 questions per page. They are awesome and it’s going to take a little effort to get them printed out and trimmed, but rest assured the effort will be worth it. They are an excellent study tool.

We recommend using cardstock paper like 65lb, just be sure it is compatible with your printer.  We recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader to print these. Once you OPEN the file, you can select FILE then PRINT which will bring up the print dialog box. Under Print Range, select the dropdown and choose  “PRINT ODD PAGES” in the printer dialog box, and print all of the ODD pages (which are the questions) on the front of the cards. Then you will flip over the card stock and select “PRINT EVEN PAGES” and it will print the EVEN pages (which are the answers) on the back of the cards.

We highly recommend testing your printer and settings and playing with the even and odd settings before running through a whole category.

Once you have the cards printed out, you can trim them using the old faithful exacto knife and straightedge or buy one of these cool small paper trimmers ( We have one in the office and we’re  always trimming something with it as it is very handy).


Step 6 – Quick Tour of the Study Guide

The Study Guide is an interactive digital file complete with  bookmarks to allow you to jump to a specific module or section. This quick video tutorial will show you how to take maximum advantage of the Study Guide in digital format.

Step 7 – Add Audio Files to iTunes Library

Alright, we’re getting there. In this step we are going to add all of the audio companion files to your iTunes library. It’s not necessary to have iTunes to be able to listen to the audio files, you can listen to them on any computer using the stock program that comes with the machine. iTunes allows you to snyc the files with your iphone, ipod, or other mp3 player.

There are more than 29 individual .mp3 files, and we recorded one file for each section to allow you to listen to the section of your choosing (although you are going to listen to ALL of them, right?).

We also took it one step further and actually tagged and labelled each file with the correct category and artwork, for each of the 5 modules. So you essentially have 5 albums, one for each module, and each album contains the relevant section files, or tracks. It’s a pretty cool setup and we’re really proud of the audio companion because it is very slick and user friendly.

You will need to import all of the files into your iTunes library by opening iTunes, clicking the FILE table, then clicking the ADD FILES TO LIBRARY, and selecting the files (you can use control shift and select all of the files in the respective module). You will perform that process for each of the 5 module. Once you do that, they will appear in your iTunes library along with the rest of your albums and you can now sync to your iphone, ipod, or other mp3 player. See, we told you it was pretty cool.

We’ve also prepare the short video below to show you how to import the files into iTunes;

Step 8 – Access to Omces and the Video Vignette Walkthrough Program

30 Day Access to the Online Multiple Choice Exam Simulator (OMCES) and the Video Vignette Walkthrough Program are included with the Ultimate Whole Enchilada. These are two separate products and you must notify us when you are ready to begin access to EACH of the products.

You do not need to start both at the same time, but you can if you would like, just be sure to specify which product or both that you would like access to in your email.

Simply send an email to support@architectexamprep.com and your account will be set up within 24 hours.

Please send the email only when you are ready for access to begin as your account will be set up within 24 hours of receipt of your email.

Enjoy OMCES and the Video Vignette Walkthrough Program!

Problems, Questions, Feedback

Expired Link  – If you get the expired link message when trying to download the materials, don’t panic. Simply send an email to support@architectexamprep.com and we will resend the link. Please allow 24 hours for the link to be resent.

Omces Account Setup – When you are ready to begin your 30 Day Access to Omces, send an email to support@architectexamprep.com and we will set your account up. Please allow 24 hours for the account to be set up.

Omces Account Locked – If your account becomes locked, it is probably because the system has recognized logins from too many IP addresses (usually more than 3). If that happens, simply send an email to support@architectexamprep.com with an explanation of the multiple IP addresses and we will unlock your account within 24 hours of receiving your email.