The ARE 5.0 produces some new opportunies as well as challenges for aspiring architects. Check back for more information.
To get to this point you need to obtain a Bachelor’s or Master’s of Architecture (from an accredited program), complete 3.5 years of internship training and pass 7 very difficult exams relating to the health safety and welfare of the public. Then, depending upon which state you are in you may need to jump through additional hoops. Many states have extra exams on their state specific laws and I know California has an extra technical exam for understanding how earthquakes effect buildings.
Because of all the non-dyslexic variables determining success or even failure, no expert is significantly able to predict the future of individuals- even in those showing early talent. And reliable predictions are especially difficult to make in those dyslexics appearing “slow” or just plain “lazy or stupid.” Here is a list of just a few amazing dsylexics you might know.
Studying as an ADD/ADHD student can prove challenging. Three of the biggest struggles for an ADD/ADHD student are organization, the wandering mind, and sitting still. Thankfully, with today’s technology, there are a lot more options than a trapper-keeper calendar to help you stay on task. For many, teachers and parents provided an external structure during high school. In college, it is assumed that you possess the skills necessary to organize your own time and materials.
Many students, though, struggle to focus and stay organization. Fear not! There are many tips and tricks for keeping yourself on task and organized.
Most of the 11,000 old bank of questions (called “items”) remains in use and those items will be rotated into your 5.0 exam. This means you can use the same study materials, because most of the content is the same. Those older questions (single answer multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, and numerical fill in the blank) will be supplemented with three new types of items: (a) hot spot items (i.e. over the building wall section on the right, click the cursor where flashing should be located), (b) drag-and-place items (i.e. drag the rainwater barrier, rigid insulation, and air retarder drawings on the left in the correct location to create a cavity wall section on the right), and (c) case study questions (given the searchable pdf files we’ve included with code excerpts, program description, and site plan, how many parking spaces are required for this project). I’d rather you not focus on the types of questions, and instead focus on the content. That strategy will serve you better. It's very important that you use the search function in the case study questions; otherwise you will spend too much time on just a few questions while reading a zoning ordinance or a long code excerpt.
I feel totally insane when I do this, but watching videos at double speed is super helpful. If youre is tired of reading lengthy study materials, sometimes watching explanatory youtube videos is a good way to take a break, while still getting some studying done. The problem is, while some videos are informative, they are often at a very slow pace, some even more boring than plain text. Watching at 1.5 speed and 2.0 speed is works surprisingly well! Even the narration can still be understood :)
If you’ve heard of the transition plan from ARE 4.0 to 5.0, then you know if you play your cards strategically, you could finish the ARE’s in only 5 exams. Since NCARB announced the launch date of ARE 5.0 (November 1, 2016 in case you missed it), there has been a lot of talk about if you can still register for 4.0 if you haven’t started testing yet.
NCARB announced in their new publication “Your Guide to ARE 5.0” that candidates who have not yet begun testing in 4.0 can still take advantage of the transition plan to 5.0 if they had their eligibility to test by October 31, 2016.
For more information, you can download the 5.0 Guide PDF here: http://www.ncarb.org/ARE/~/media/Files/PDF/Brochure/ARE5Guide_Booklet.pdf
If you don't know who Paul Williams is you should. He was the first black architect to ever get licensed and become a member of the AIA. 99% Invisible recently did a really great show on him and LA architecture. Below is a link to the podcast and a brief biography on him
I've got a really creative mind. Well... creative is being nice, its kind of twisted. Sooo thankfully when it comes to studying super boring content, thinking up dirty and weird acronyms is really helpful because there's no doubt im going to remember that "Mom Sells Narcotics Outside" starts with M-S-N-O and is the order of Mortar Types from Strongest to Weakest.
I'm keeping it PC. You give it a try and come up with your own acronyms :)