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Ultimate List of ARE Study Material for the Architecture Registration Exam

 

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Since Amazon is essentially a crowd sourced used book market, I noticed there are several listings for the same book and the prices are all over the place. I provided links to all of the listings, so you can find the best price.

Due to the length of this post and knowing that most people are only focusing on one test at a time I have included links to jump to each exam.

Click one of these links to jump down to the following exams

 

 

Construction Documents and Services exam (CDS)

NCARB ARE 4.0 Study Guide – CDS Exam

Ballast – Construction Documents & Services: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam  – Version 1, Version 2,Version 3, Version 4, Version 5, Version 6

Ballast ARE Review Manual  and  Click here for my Review of the Ballast ARE Review Manual 

Kaplan CDS

For CDS Kaplan Study Guide Click year for corresponding edition 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014

For CDS Kaplan Question and Answers, Click year for corresponding edition 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,  2012 and 2013

For CDS Kaplan Practice Vignettes Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2011,  and 2012

 Gang Chen – Construction Documents and Service (CDS) ARE Mock Exam 

Architect Exam Prep – CDS Enchilada  and    Click here to checkout my review of the CDS Enchilada 

Architects Handbook of Professional Practice

13th Edition AHPP – Version 1

14th Edition AHPP – Version 1, Version 2, Version 3

15th Edition AHPP – Version 1, Version 2, Version 3, Version 4, Version 5

Architecture Student’s 13th Edition AHPP – Version 1, Version 2

Architecture Student’s 14th Edition AHPP – Version 1, Version 2, Version 3, Version 4, Version 5, Version 6

Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs Into Buildings

AIA Docs w/ commentary 

AIA Sample docs 

Schiff Hardin Professional Practice Class Lectures

 

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Practice Planning and Programming exam (PPP)

 

NCARB ARE 4.0 Study Guide – PPP Exam 

Kaplan PPP

For PPP Kaplan Study Guide Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014

For PPP Kaplan Question and Answers Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013

For PPP Kaplan Practice Vignettes Click year for corresponding edition 2010 and 2012

 

Ballast – Programming, Planning & Practice: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam – Version 1,Version 2,Version 3, Version 4, Version 5

Ballast – ARE Review Manual  and  Click here for my Review of the Ballast ARE Review Manual 

Gang Chen – Programming, Planning & Practice ARE Mock Exam: (PPP of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations

Architect Exam Prep – PPP Enchilada  and    Click here to checkout my review of the CDS Enchilada 

Defensible Space by Oscar Newman

Pruit-Igoe Myth

Standards and Guidelines for Historic Buildings By National Park Service

Programming For Design, by Edith Cherry

Design With Climate by Victor Olgyay

Image of A City by Kevin Lynch

Urbanized

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Site Planning and Design exam (SPD)

NCARB ARE 4.0 Study Guide – SPD Exam

Kaplan SPD

For SPD Kaplan Study Guide Click year for corresponding edition 2004, 2006, 2009,  2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014

For SPD Kaplan Question and Answers, Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

For SPD Kaplan Practice Vignettes Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010 and 2012

Ballast SPD Practice Exam & Review Manual – Site Planning and Design: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam –   Version 1,Version 2, Version 3,Version 4

Ballast – ARE Review Manual  and  Click here for my Review of the Ballast ARE Review Manual 

Site Planning by Kevin Lynch

Gang Chen SPD

Architect Exam Prep SPD Enchilada

 

 

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Schematic Design exam (SD)

Ballast Schematic Guide – Version 1, Version 2, Version 3, Version 4 and Version 5

Ballast – ARE Review Manual  and  Click here for my Review of the Ballast ARE Review Manual 

Kaplan Schematic Design

For SD Kaplan Study Guide Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2011, 2012  and 2014

For SD Kaplan Practice Vignettes Click year for corresponding edition 2010, 2011 and 2012

Gang Chen Schematic Design

Architect Exam Prep – SD Enchilada  and    Click here to checkout my review of the CDS Enchilada 

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Structural Systems Exam (SS)

NCARB ARE 4.0 Study Guide – SS Exam

Click HERE for link for Mike’s commentary to NCARB SS guide

Mark Mitalski’s PrepARE Structures Course

Ballast – Structural Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam  –  Version 1, Version 2, Version 3, Version 4, Version 5, Version 6

Ballast – ARE Review Manual  and  Click here for my Review of the Ballast ARE Review Manual 

Kaplan SS

For SS Kaplan Study Guide Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014

For SS Kaplan Question and Answers, Click year for corresponding edition 2008, 2010 and 2012

For SS Kaplan Practice Vignettes Click year for corresponding edition 2010 and 2012

Gang Chen Structural Systems 

Architect Exam Prep – SS Enchilada  and    Click here to checkout my review of the CDS Enchilada 

Professor David Thaddeus 

Why Buildings Stand Up and Why Buildings Fall Down

Building Structures by James Ambrose 

FEMA 454 Designing For Earthquakes

 

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The Building Design and Construction System exam (BDCS)

NCARB ARE 4.0 Study Guide – BDCS Exam

Ballast – Building Design & Construction Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam – – Version 1, Version 2, Version 3, Version 4

Ballast – ARE Review Manual  and  Click here for my Review of the Ballast ARE Review Manual 

Kaplan BDCS

For BDCS Kaplan Study Guide Click year for corresponding edition 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014

For BDCS Kaplan Question and Answers, Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

For BDCS Kaplan Practice Vignettes Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

Fundamentals of Building Construction By Edward Allen, Click year for corresponding edition  2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2013.

Ching Building Construction Illustrated

Gang Chen BDCS 

Architect Exam Prep – BDCS Enchilada  and    Click here to checkout my review of the CDS Enchilada 

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The Building Systems Exam (BS)

NCARB ARE 4.0 Study Guide – BS Exam

NCARB BS Exam Reference Sheet

The Amber Book by Michael Ermann

Michael’s Youtube Videos         

Gang Chen BS Book 

Kaplan Building Systems

For BS Kaplan Study Guide Click year for corresponding edition  2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014

For BS Kaplan Question and Answers, Click year for corresponding edition 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

For BS Kaplan Practice Vignettes Click year for corresponding edition  2010 and 2012

MEEB –  MEEB editions –  1999, 2005, 2009 and 2014   MEEB Practice Quizes

Heating, Cooling and Lighting by Norbert Lechner

Plumbing, Electricity and Acoustics by Norbert Lechner

Architect Exam Prep – BDCS Enchilada  and    Click here to checkout my review of the CDS Enchilada 

 

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This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architect Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architect Registration Exam Series.

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