ARE CE: Exam Prep, Quiz & Resources

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If you’re preparing for the Architecture Registration Exam 5.0 Construction & Evaluation (ARE CE) this is your one stop shop.  While studying for the exams, a huge hassle was finding all the right resources.  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.

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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
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NCARB Recommended References for the ARE CE

NCARB ARE Handbook [Free] – An overview of what is tested on each of the ARE 5.0 divisions.
The American Institute of Architects Official Guide to the 2007 AIA Contract Documents [$$$] – “Using this book I actually found the entire topic [of contracts] engaging and I now have another level of depth concerning the profession of architecture. I read this book cover to cover and I am now enlightened in way I was previously not. Much to my surprise the content is interesting, well organized and clear. I will use this book as a professional resource for the rest of my career.” [Also Recommend for: PcM, PjM]
CSI MasterFormat [$$] – “MasterFormat 2004 Edition is expanded to include all aspects of a construction project – from the owner’s concept – to design – to facility management – and even demolition”
Dictionary of Architecture and Construction [$$] – Sometimes the most difficult part about architecture is learning the lingo.  This dictionary is an awesome guide to everything lingo-related. [Also Recommend for: PPD, PDD]
The Project Resource Manual: CSI Manual of Practice [$$$] – A comprehensive resource for the “organization, preparation, use and interpretation of construction documents encompassing the entire life cycle of a facility”.  It may be better to snag The CSI Project Delivery Practice Guide [$$] which was put out 6 years after the CSI Manual of Practice.  According to Kris (who left a comment below), this resource is more up-to-date, easier to understand, and less expensive.  We’ll keep both since NCARB specifically references the older document.

Video Playlist on ARE CE

Online Resources & Downloads for the ARE Construction & Evaluation Exam

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Ask questions on NCARB’s ARE 5.0 page.

Have any additional resources for the ARE CE?  Leave them in the comments below!

23 Comments

  1. mikemoreno September 5, 2018 at 3:48 am #

    thank you very much, verry helpfull…

  2. jogesh12345 August 14, 2018 at 1:55 am #

    Very effective and informative article.Thanks for sharing such an important tutorial.

  3. FLMIMA August 11, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    Really helpful website

  4. Rumi July 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.

  5. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  6. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  7. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi , very good article.

    thanks for sharing, keep up the good work

  8. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    Good advice. Best of luck to all!

  9. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    This is my favorite site for practicing for my tests! Great advise and super helpful.

  10. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    Nice post to read. A complete guide that can help all of us.

  11. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  12. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Nice post

  13. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  14. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  15. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  16. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  17. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  18. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  19. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  20. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  21. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  22. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  23. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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