Let’s be honest, tests aren’t fun. They’re stressful, time consuming, and can weigh on your mind like a Type I, four-story building. We know it because we’ve been there. Our goal is to help lighten the load by presenting an exam that looks, feels, and functions like the actual exam itself. We combed through the PPD section of the handbook to make sure everything you need to know is covered off in the practice exam. Then we designed and programmed it to feel like the real thing. The moment you see the first question on test day, you’ll realize, “I got this.”
The ARE® handbook is a great reference in prep for your exams. The only problem is, it can be kind of intimidating. Rather than pouring over it for hours to extract what you think might be the most important pieces of info, we did it for you. Licensed architects and a psychometrician went through every word, of every page, of every objective in the PPD section of the handbook and identified all the must-knows based on their experience taking the exam. Then they turned those nuggets of info into test questions. The result is a practice exam that’s as close to the real thing as you can get with 3 forms to practice from.
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.
Sometimes watching video of experts who’ve been and there and done that, can make content a whole lot more understandable...and relatable. That’s the idea behind the PPD video lectures and real-life application videos. Respected architects from around the corner and around the globe use graphs, animations, and 3D models to help you understand everything you need to know about Project Planning & Design.Learn more
Sometimes videos featuring experts who’ve been there and done that, can make content a whole lot more understandable...and relatable. That’s the idea behind the PPD Practical Application Videos. Respected architects from around the corner and around the globe use graphs, animations, and 3D models to help you understand everything you need to know about Project Planning & Design.Learn more
Know your way around acronyms like ADA and IECC. Figure out what “Type IV Construction” is. Identify the minimum required clearance in front of an electrical panel. If it’s on the test, it’ll be on the flashcards. Review, shuffle, and mark cards as mastered on your phone. You can even make your own. For those feeling extra motivated, each card links to a video lecture with an in-depth explanation of the term or concept.Learn more
Everything is better live - same with our Virtual Workshops. They give you comfort and assurance that your studies are on the right path. Weekly, live, in-depth exercises with a licensed architect will have you feeling you’re at the top of the class when it comes to the most challenging topics of Project Planning & Design. Then, follow up each group lesson with a live Q&A to reinforce any PPD-related concepts with a licensed architect.Learn more
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.
“It just a provides a good framework for understanding the tough questions on the exams without actually having to know the specific information. You can tease out the answers as you would in real life just knowing where to look thanks to the Black Spectacles method.”