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Pass Construction & Evaluation With Flying Colors

Everything you need to get completely prepared for the ARE® 5.0 Construction & Evaluation (CE) exam. Our video lectures, practice exams and flashcards are designed by ARE veterans and built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives. Prepare on your own schedule, or in one of our structured groups, or with a private tutor.

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About Construction & Evaluation

ARE’s Construction & Evaluation division covers the final phases of a project. This exam delves into contract administration, support services and payment requests. Topics covered include post-occupancy evaluation, project evaluation and project closeout. We’ll help you learn all about construction observation, submitting drawings and mock ups and close-out activities.

CE Division Study Materials & Resources

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Video Lectures

Get a CE deep dive with Mike Newman’s engaging video lectures. He explains the architect’s role based on delivery method, determining construction progress and contractor payment applications. He’ll walk through a real-life project to show Construction & Evaluation in practice.

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Practical Applications

Wrap up the project process and feel like you’ll knock the final division out of the park. Watch the architect as he explains how to go through shop drawing submittals, site visit walk-throughs, and how to resolve unforeseen conditions that arise during a renovation in downtown Atlanta. Available with your Pro Subscription.

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Practice Exams

Become a test-taking pro with our practice exams, modeled after the same objectives NCARB uses. Our questions cover contracts, close-out documents and payment methods. With the same question types and format as the ARE, and 3 forms to practice from, this is as close to sitting for the exam as you’ll get.

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Digital Flashcards

Our flashcards cover a wide variety of concepts and vocabulary you’ll see on the Construction & Evaluation exam. Learn exactly what qualifications are, review different bonds, and cover what insurance types are needed. Add your own cards to the deck. Study on-the-go on your phone.

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Virtual Workshops

In Construction & Evaluation Virtual Workshops you’ll gain assurance your studies are pointed in the right direction and fully understand concepts involving the architect’s role in addressing safety issues on the job site as well as other areas in this division. Led by a licensed architect, engage in virtual, interactive group exercises that hone in on the top four CE topics candidates report struggling with. After the exercise, continue to reinforce those skills in a live Q&A - an opportunity to ask any ARE-related questions with a licenced architect. Virtual Workshops run in a 4-week cycle, with no start or end date. Once your membership starts, you can hop into the cycle, and in 4 weeks you’ll cover all the topics. If you elect to stay for more than one month, you’ll review the same topics again, but with new exercises - so you can really ensure you’ve mastered these concepts. And remember, with your Black Spectacles membership, you get access to content for all six divisions, so you can switch over to a different exam’s workshops at any time. Available with your Expert Subscription.

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Choose Your Membership

With your membership, gain access to all 6 divisions simultaneously so you can crank up your ARE studying and save money by taking all the exams in a shortened amount of time! If your life can’t accommodate that right now, sign up for a 6 or 12 month membership and get up to 2 months free. We know everyone has a different learning and studying style, which is why all of Black Spectacles materials are flexible and at your fingertips wherever and whenever you can find an internet connection. So which will it be - the tortoise or the hare? Choose from one of our four membership options and mold your path to passing the ARE to your personal preference.

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