ARE PA: Exam Prep, Quiz & Resources

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If you’re preparing for the Architecture Registration Exam 5.0 Programming & Analysis (ARE PA) 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 PA

NCARB ARE Handbook [Free] – An overview of what is tested on each of the ARE 5.0 divisions.
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design – [Free] – [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2012 International Building Code [$] – Code can be hard to get through, but this book really makes it much easier.  Obviously it can’t replace the code books, but it helps develop the understanding an intent of the code. [Also Recommend for: PPD, PDD]
ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities [$$] – Great reference for required ADA guidelines.
International Building Code (2012) [$$$] – Old faithful.  Sometimes it can be hard to get through and understand code.  A lot of it just comes with memorization.  I’ve linked the commentary here because it helps you understand the intent behind the code. [Also Recommend for: PPD, PDD]
Planning and Urban Design Standards [$$$] – “This book is tremendously broad in its coverage of planning topics, though not in depth. Most topics get only 2 pages, though some get 4-5. References are listed for each topic to help you find more detailed information. “
Problem Seeking: An Architectural Programming Primer [$$] – For anyone look to understand the fundamentals of programming in architecture.
Site Planning & Design Handbook [$$$] – This book has mixed reviews but it’s on NCARB’s list… so here it is. [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Space Planning Basics [$$] – A great recourse for understanding the fundamentals of creating a building program and developing one into an initial schematic plan.

Video Playlist on ARE PA

Online Resources & Downloads for the ARE Programming & Analysis Exam

ARE PA ExamT.B.D.

Ask questions on NCARB’s ARE 5.0 page.

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

12 Comments

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

    Nice post

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

    Great post!

  3. 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.

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

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

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

    Thanks! Great advice

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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

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

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

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

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  12. 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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