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The first ARE® 5.0 Practice Management (PcM) study materials with the NCARB stamp of approval. Prep with video lectures, practice exams and flashcards. Prepare on your own schedule, or in one of our structured groups, or with a private tutor. All materials are designed by ARE veterans and built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives.

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About Practice Management

The most recent addition to ARE’s exam focuses on managing your own architecture practice. The PcM division covers ethics, fiduciary and financial responsibilities and governing regulations of architecture. Ready to tackle business plans, understand AIA Contracts, and know which insurance policies you need? We’ll help you learn it all.

PcM Division Study Materials & Resources

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Video Lectures

All-star instructor Mike Newman knows PcM inside and out. He explains contracts, organization charts and business plans. Practical Application videos at the end of each objective relate real-life projects back to the exam.

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Practical Applications

Watch real life scenarios that will help you better understand the ins and outs of a practice. Follow along with two architects as they explain the delivery methods used and how they asked staff for the projects they are working on. Available with your Pro Subscription.

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Practice Exams

Get up to speed about running a business. Our practice exams are as close as you get to the real PcM exam. Questions cover business operations, risk and ethics. To review the material in even more detail, each question aligns back to its objective. Choose from 3 distinct forms and really test your knowledge.

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Digital Flashcards

Get into the nitty-gritty of exactly what a Gantt chart is, which insurance is best and what SMART goals are. Master our PcM cards, or add your own. Review, shuffle and mark cards as mastered on your phone — no need to lug a giant box of flashcards around.

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Study On Your Own

Already have a plan of attack? Sign up for one of our ARE Prep Subscriptions and get access to what you need. You can use all of our tools anytime, anywhere. Watch videos while cooking dinner, take an exam with your coffee, and review flashcards on your evening commute. Your study materials are always at your fingertips.

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Group Coaching

Looking for a plan & help? Apply for our Group Coaching program to get the structure, support, and accountability you need to tackle the ARE. Use your day-by-day syllabus, dedicated coach, and committed peers to master all 6 divisions. Our PRO subscription is included so you have access to lectures, practical applications, practice exams, and flashcards.

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Everything should come with a test drive, including your study materials! Click the button below to get an inside look at your dashboard and test out our videos, practice exams, and flashcards. We want you to love what you’re using to tackle the ARE.

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- Melinda Siew, Designer, KPF
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Black Spectacles is the first and only NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0.