If you’re preparing for the Architecture Registration Exam 4.0 Building Systems (ARE BS) this is your one stop shop. While studying for the exams, a huge hassle was finding all the right resources. (Believe it or not, there’s a lot of crappy info out there). This is a place you can come to find a list of resources for the exam. If you have any additional resources, leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list.
First? A quiz for you to assess where you’re currently at. The 25 question quiz below randomly selects questions from a growing library. So every time you take the quiz, it will be different. You can use the quiz to gauge where you’re at or use it as a study tool itself. If you do poorly, you might want to look into the resources below. Without further adieu… Good luck!
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ARE BS Books & Literature
To help guide you I’ve located [$] below for any links that lead to paid resources.
[$] means less than $50
[$$] means between $50 and $100
[$$$] means over $100
General Exam Resources
How to Pass the ARE [$] – Ebook or Audiobook – If you’re starting to go through the ARE this is a great resource for you to get in the right mindset. It doesn’t go over exam specifics (aka it’s not a study resource), but it will help you know what to expect and give you strategies for overcoming hurdles.
NCARB Recommended References for the ARE BS
Video Playlist on ARE BS
Online Resources & Downloads for the ARE Building Systems Exam
NCARB: BS Exam Guide – Directly from the source. A brief overview of the test and what to expect from the multiple choice and vignette.
NALSA Vignette Tips – NALSA explains that even though the vignettes shown in NCARB’s exam guides are passing, they are not “ideal”. Meaning… they may still contain errors. This site has some really great tips I didn’t realize before reading it.
SBYRKTCT’s Help – There are a bunch of resources here. I love the vignette tips & it’s a great place to get notes.
ME Notes – 43 pages of notes. Has major categories but can be hard to sift through.
Jenny’s Notes – 142 pages of notes beautifully organized (and illustrated).
MEEB practice quizzes – A free companion to accompany Mechanical & Electrical Equipment for Buildings. The quizzes are organized by chapter
Black Specs BS Video Course [$$$] – These videos are helpful at getting a general feel for the test but I wouldn’t solely rely on them to pass the exam. At ±$100/mo I’m not sure it’s worth the money, but it’s an option.
ARE Exam Prep: BDCS [$$$] – I didn’t purchase this material for the BS exam but I did for other exams. If you’re feeling unsure about the exam, hate reading, or just can’t devote a lot of time to reading, it’s a good resource. I thought the audio companion was helpful.
Have any additional resources for the ARE BS? Leave them in the comments below!