Episode 2: Overview of the ARE, What Order Should I Take The Exams? [Podcast]

Having a plan is crucial to achieving success. Understanding how each division of the Architect Registration Exam relates to the big picture is your first step in creating your plan.

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In this second ARE Podcast episode, we discuss the following topics;

  1. Overview of the seven divisions of the Architect Registration Exam administered by NCARB.
  2. Click to see our ARE 4.0 Overview Page.
  3. What order should I take the individual divisions?
  4. Do you start with the hardest division first or save it for last?
  5. The importance of having a Plan.


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By |2019-01-21T18:39:50+00:00September 23rd, 2013|Categories: General, Podcast|8 Comments

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David Doucette
David Doucette, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is founder of Architect Exam Prep and CSEprep.com and has been helping candidates successfully prepare for and pass the California Supplemental Exam (CSE) for the last four years. He also hosts a podcast dedicated to preparing for the California Supplemental Exam as well as CSE Video Tips at CSEprep.com.


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    Ron B. September 26, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I’m currently testing for the ARE and I am very intrigued with your study materials. I am schedule to test for the SPD portion of the test on 10/05/13 and thinking of postponing because i do not feel prepare for the vignette section of the test. I found your Site Planning and Design vignette video on YouTube and that is the most simple solution I have seen to the problem! this will be my 2nd test after not passing PPP, in July. At the moment, there are no reviews of your materials which makes me a little sketchy about purchasing. Is it possible for you all to create a short podcast on what an ARE candidate shall receive upon buying the SPD package? Beside the obvious study guide, example vignettes and audio, how is the information structured and how soon will the other test sections be ready? I’d like to have my testing complete within a year but I find that the information I have purchased thus far is mundane and lacks a lot of explanation. From the podcast I have viewed, I feel this could be the right combination of study material I need, but I need a bit more information before I make a final decision. Please help if you can. Thanks.

  2. David
    David September 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Hi Ron, thanks for the feedback and comment. We just launched the Ultimate Whole Enchilada – SPD a couple of weeks ago along with the website. So we haven’t had an opportunity to receive feedback yet. In terms of the material and how it is structured, we’ve laid out the SPD sales page to give a good idea of the information that is included, https://architectexamprep.com/digital-products/site-planning-design/ . We’ve also provided the Exam Simulator tab and Video Vignette tab on our website to be able to see a preview of those products as well (they are all included in the Ultimate Whole Enchilada – SPD). If you’re still hesitant after reviewing all of that info, rest assured we offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and we are the only ones to do that. So you can try it and if you’re not happy with the material, you can request a refund. We are able to offer this because we’ve created an amazing package.

    Hope that helps and good luck your SPD test,


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    Mark January 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

    So say I buy the SPD study material, does that material include the overlap material of PPP and CDS that you see relevant to SPD?

  5. David
    David January 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Hi mark, Each package is a separate package. There is overlapping content in some of those three packages because of the NCARB outline. So yes, some material appears in two packages.

    Does that answer your question?

    Thanks, David

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    Cassidy Sanderson January 10, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Is there a way to only buy parts of the package?

  7. David
    David January 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Cassidy,

    Thanks for the question. Please see Question #1 on our FAQ page.

    Thanks, David

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    Ron Halfhill November 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I just took ConDocs. I wish to do the 3 and 2 transition plan and want to know which of the ARE 4 exams should I plan to take before the deadline? I thought Site Planning and PPP were the next two I should take. Is that correct? Thank you for your response.

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The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) is an exam of 6 divisions used to assess your knowledge and skills regarding the practice of Architecture. Developed by NCARB, the exam is accepted by every state in the U.S. as a pathway to becoming a Licensed Architect.