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Your architecture education doesn’t end after you graduate. The best architects keep learning and keep their skills fresh. Black Spectacles makes it easy. Watch video tutorials taught by professional architects to learn software Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max and more.

ARE Prep

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Black Spectacles is the first and only NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0.

  • Online video lectures, practice exams and digital flashcards
  • Prepare on your own schedule, or in one of our structured groups, or with a private tutor
  • Designed in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives
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Software Learning

From design to production to graphics, level up your architecture software skills.

  • Watch online architecture software tutorials on any device
  • Taught by practicing architects and designers — not by out of-practice instructors
  • Group pricing for firms and schools
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Prepare for the ARE® and further your software skills with video-based learning.

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About the Architecture Registration Exam

Developed by NCARB, the ARE exam is accepted by all U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license. It includes six divisions, which are organized around the progression of a typical architecture project. Questions include a combination of multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, and drag-and-place questions, as well as case studies. Our ARE prep materials cover it all.

About Software Learning

Design programs and software keep changing at a breakneck speed. Black Spectacles helps you keep up so you can do your best work. Individual architects, schools and firms alike leverage our tutorials. The video-based online tutorials make it easy to level up on a single technique, or spend hours diving deep into learning a new software program. Learn architecture programs from scratch, or refresh what you already know.

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