Online learning for Architecture & Design - Software tutorials and ARE® Prep

AIA Chapters Provide ARE 5.0 Cost Relief

Kate Brennan

October 23, 2020

For many candidates pursuing licensure, this year has been a bumpy road. AIA chapters across the country are looking to provide relief by offering funds and scholarships to mitigate the cost of the ARE, and to keep the path to licensure open for many future architects.

Keep Calm and Test On(line)

Kate Brennan

October 16, 2020

NCARB has announced some changes to the ARE 5.0 - mainly that it will be available online *fist pump*, and in doing so has made some modifications to the in-person exam. The most important component is to alert you that exam content is not changing, merely how the exam is being delivered. It's kind of like pizza, consume it in the restaurant or order it to your house - it's great no matter what.

5 Tips for Making Virtual Learning a Success

Kate Brennan

September 23, 2020

Welcome to 2020 - the virtual year. Workouts are virtual, studying is virtual, and NCARB has announced virtual testing is coming soon. Since Black Spectacles has been in the virtual learning camp for a while, we thought we'd share some best practices with you. And as a bonus suggestion - these 5 tips pair well with our weekly Virtual Workshops. 

Black Spectacles Employees Can Work From Wherever

Kate Brennan

September 03, 2020

Black Spectacles is going all in on working remotely and have pledged to implement a “Work from Wherever” program moving forward. All current and future employees are able to work from a location of their choosing (provided your Google Meet works). And yes, shout out to those future employees - we’re hiring!

Why You Should Get Licensed

Kate Brennan

August 29, 2020

We've developed NCARB-approved ARE test prep materials because we know the value in being licensed, and want to help as many architects pass the ARE as possible. We outline some of the major reasons getting licensed is something to add to to-do list, so you can then add it to your resume. 

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