ARE CDS Practice Exam Bundle

When I was taking my Construction Documents & Services exam I was insanely nervous.  It was the first exam on my road towards licensure and I couldn’t deal with the idea of failing.  I spent hundreds of dollars on resources to help me prepare for the exam. I retained all the material I studied, but didn’t know how well it would align with the actual exam.  I kept thinking that if I failed I wouldn’t know where to start when I got back to studying for the same exam.

I sat down at the testing computer and clicked into the exam.  The first few questions were literally the most insanely difficult questions I’ve ever gotten on an exam.  I was mortified.  But after few minutes, my nerves subsided and I plugged away for two hours on the multiple choice questions.

Still, when I left the testing center and had to wait for my results…  Which seem to take forever.  And I kept wondering did I just flush more than $500 down the toilet?

I ended up receiving a pass on the exam. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit betrayed and taken advantage of by the resources I payed so much money for.  Some of them were very helpful and others were simply a waste of money.  I didn’t feel that anyone was going through this with me and I was confused that no one was standing behind their product with a guarantee.

I think that’s crazy.  You shouldn’t have to spend thousands of dollars in resources alone to become a registered architect.

This bundle of CDS practice exams has a low barrier to entry and a pass guarantee (that means if you use this resource, you’ll pass).  A purchase gives you unlimited access to the CDS mock exams.  You can take the exams as many times as you’d like.

Great things people are saying about the practice exams.

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The CDS mock exam bundle is a 3 in 1 package that expands and contracts with your time needs.

  1. We all live hectic lives every now and then so there’s a 10 question pop-quiz you can take in just a matter of minutes.
  2. If you have a bit more time there’s a full 25 question quiz.
  3. There’s also a fully timed 100 question mock exam designed to simulate the multiple choice portion of the ARE 4.0 Construction Documents & Services Exam.

Question Library

An Expansive Library

All questions are pulled randomly from an expansive and ever-growing library of more than 300 questions specifically related to the Construction Documents & Services exam.  That’s more than 3 exams worth of questions! Our quizzes and mock exams randomly pull from this specific library so they will always be different.

Alignment w/ NCARB Content Areas

We’ve sorted all of our questions into the 4 content areas NCARB has given the CDS exam.  At the end of each of your mock exams you’ll be able to see your percentage for each of those categories. This will help you assess what content areas you’re best at and which ones could use a little work.




At the end of the exams all of the questions will display by clicking the ‘view questions’ button so you can see what you got right and wrong.  Each answer is accompanied by an explanation and some even include links for you to learn more about a particular topic you may be struggling with.


Competition can drive us to do amazing things.  After completing the 100 question mock exam you’ll be able to see the leaderboard of the top scores for the exam.  If you’ve achieved a high score yourself and want to enter onto the leaderboard, you can do that too.


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We implemented an achievement and point system to reward you as you study for the exam.  The leaderboard mentioned above lets you compete for a specific exam, but there’s also a global leaderboard based on this point system.  The CDS exam bundle has achievements that can only be unlocked through this practice exam.

On The Go

I know you’re busy.  It can be hard to set aside time to study.  That’s why the exams are mobile-friendly so you can take them with you wherever you go.



To keep things interesting and lively there are different kinds of questions in the practice exams.  Some single choice, some select all that apply, some open answer (like the exam), and a little bit of sorting to the correct order.  The goal of the exam bundle is not always to exactly replicate the conditions of the exam but to make it fun, interesting, and teach the information needed to pass the MC portion of the exam.

Pass Guaranteed

We believe in our CDS exam bundle so much that if you achieve at least a 90% score in our 100 question mock exam but still fail the multiple choice portion of the CDS exam, we’ll refund your money for this exam bundle in full.


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“I recently passed Site Planning and Design, Programming, Planning and Practice, and Construction Documents and Services. I used Designer Hacks for all 3!”
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“After a long hard haul, I finally just passed all of the ARE exams and I am working on the California Supplemental!  I wanted to say thank you so much for the practice exams (especially CDS!). It has been quite the adventure, but it helps to know that there is a community of people in the same boat that are willing to help out.”
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“I have bought and studied with the SPD & PPP exams, and passed both!! It has been great being able to take multiple quizzes on the computer, as opposed to reading and writing the answers down on a sheet of paper.”
Mentally preparing
“Just found out I passed my SPD. I want to thank you for creating the questions and also making it similar to the exam format. This helped a lot in mentally preparing myself for the real exam.”
restoring my confidence
“Last week I sat for the exam, and having not passed BDCS and SS as my first two exams (0-2 on the ARE), I wasn't expecting too much of a positive outcome.  I thoroughly worked through your bundle set multiple times as well as dedicated significant time to outside material where I was feeling deficient after taking the practice exams.  I felt confident going into the exam, and not too bad after leaving.  This morning I received my PASS notification and I felt it was imperative to inform you all.  The CDS bundle was integral to my success.  So with that good news, I am gladly endorsing your product as well not asking for a refund (Ha! Ha!). I look forward to my preparation for the PPP ARE exam, which will obviously include the PPP bundle.  Thank you for restoring my confidence!”
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