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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ARE PA Books & Literature

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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

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


Ask questions on NCARB’s ARE 5.0 page.

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