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