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.

[Quiz Coming Soon]

ARE PA Books & Literature

ARE Exam Prep PA
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
TBD

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!

6 Comments

  1. Matt123 January 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    You aced the exam because at no point in your life has your brain been deprived of oxygen for 10 plus minutes. Seriously. That’s about the only way to fail.
    I took mine last year and after all the reading online I was scared. I bought practice tests, books, did hours of reading and studying.

    All this mess about the questions have several answers is a lie. EVERY SINGLE ONE of my questions had 1 answer. I rocked through the test in less than 20 minutes. I do have building/construction experience, but I remember the quality of the questions. Anyone using basic common sense and process of elimination can figure them out. I thought myself surely I’m not the lucky one who got the easy test? Nope, that’s just how the test is. But the internet likes to scare you, because they know you will buy study material.

    LEED has gotten a bad rap, and the deeper I get into green and natural building the more the joke of LEED is seen. Don’t waste your money or time on their “Green Associate” garbage and certainly don’t waste MORE money to keep up this phony “credential”

  2. 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

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

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

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

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  6. 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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