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Study Up To Pass Programming & Analysis

Video lectures, practice exams and flashcards to study for the ARE® 5.0 Programming & Analysis (PA) exam. 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 Programming & Analysis

Sometimes referred to as pre-design, Programming & Analysis focuses on the first phase of a project. ARE’s Programming & Analysis (PA) division delves into quantitative and qualitative project requirements, project type and assessing financial issues. Our study materials go deep into regulations, site analysis and programming and building analysis and programming.

PA Division Study Materials & Resources

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Video Lectures

You won’t miss a beat with instructor Mike Newman. He covers site-specific environmental constraints and local and site specific requirements. He’ll also break down a recommended preliminary budget.

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Practical Applications

Go inside the specifics of the projects firms are working on. You’ll watch as one architect explains prioritizing components of a mixed use building in Chicago. Another takes us through an adaptive reuse project in Michigan. A third walks us through environmental constraints involved when upgrading an existing dwelling unit to meet the ADA code standards. Available with your Pro Subscription.

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Practice Exams

Get ready to ace ARE’s PA division with realistic practice exams. All questions are based the same objectives from the real exam. Questions cover compliance, work plans and delivery methods. You’ll get up to speed in code requirements, site reports and building relationships. Choose from 3 forms to test your skills.

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Digital Flashcards

What’s the Garden City Movement? Who’s Kevin Lynch? How are transit system different? Our digital flashcards cover it all. Brush up on Programming & Analysis vocabulary and concepts, and even add your own cards to the deck — all conveniently stored on your phone.

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Virtual Workshops

In Programming & Analysis Virtual Workshops gain assurance you’re fully comprehending the most important concepts including understanding how codes pertain to a project and other areas within this division. Led by a licensed architect, engage in virtual, interactive group exercises that hone in on the top four PA 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.