Episode 16: Taking the ARE: 7 Exams In 7 Days, Completely Nuts? [Podcast]


ustering up the motivation and courage to take just one of the divisions of  Architect Registration Exam can seem daunting. But what if you decided to take all 7 divisions in 7 days?

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We are excited to be joined by Charlie Klecha @charliechuck, President of AIAS, to discuss the 7 in 7 campaign and find out if he is really nuts in attempting to take all 7 divisions of the ARE in 7 days. We also discuss how you can contribute to the AIAS Scholarship Fund to inspire and motivate candidates to begin taking the Architect Registration Exam administered by NCARB.

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NCARB had announced that IDP Streamline goes into effect July 1. This  eliminates the elective hours requirement and essentially reduces the numbers of hours of IDP required from 5,600 hours down to 3,740. However, be sure to check with your State Board as their requirements may be slightly different.

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Is Charlie nuts?  What do you think of his plan? Let us know  in the comments below.

By |2019-01-21T18:39:33+00:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: IDP, Podcast, Study Advice|6 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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    Donna June 15, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I can’t wait to hear how Charlie did on the exams. That was very inspiring that he had the guts to take all seven exams at once. I hope he passed a lot of them. I found out I passed CDS – with much thanks to Architect Exam Prep! Your audio files were terrific. Thank you very much for all you do for aspiring architects! Your positivity is really great! I found PPP much more challenging – very random – I see why they call it the “catch all” exam. I’m waiting for the results and studying for SPD now. I think it is good to take those three really close together since they overlap so much – but maybe not all in the same week like Charlie did!
    All of your materials are terrific! Thanks again!

  2. David
    David June 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Donna,

    Me too! It’s exciting what Charlie did, he should be getting the results soon. Thank you so much for the kind words, I’m glad we were able to help you along the way. Be sure to keep us posted of your progress!

    Thanks and good luck!


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    George June 28, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    So, I listened to the podcast above and I was so inspired, I followed up on Charlie and this tremendous feat! He passed all 7 exams in 7 days!!! – check it out here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3uiAppnZS0) and this other video is an interview after the pass! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3kvWQG74Zw&feature=youtu.be&a).
    I’m studying for PPP at the moment, and thanks to Charlie and David and his team, I’m hyped to get this done!
    David’s radio voice on the audio companion is just too great! :)) I’d highly recommend architectexamprep to all ARE candidates!! And like Donna mentioned, “All of your materials are terrific!” Again, thanks to the team for putting this together!

  4. David
    David July 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Hi George!

    That is awesome to hear! Yes i’m going to be interviewing Charlie next week for a follow up, I can’t wait!. Thanks for the kind words George, very much appreciated!

    Keep me posted on your journey,


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    Vanessa September 10, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Any update on the PASS scholarship program that Charlie started? I went to the website and it looks like only approx. $2,300 was raised and the program was closed. I’m curious to know what the current status is of the PASS scholarship program as I am a recent grad and interested in applying.

  6. David
    David September 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Hi Vanessa, I haven’t heard any updates. Let me reach out to charlie and see what I can find out.

    Thanks, David

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