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

Top 10 Pros and Cons of Being a Licensed Architect

Kate Brennan

February 18, 2021

If you’re determining where your career is headed, licensure is probably part of the equation. It’s an investment and an important decision that we don’t take lightly, so we’ve laid out what it can mean for your future with the top 10 pros and cons of becoming a licensed architect.

ARE 5.0 Could Save You a Lot of Time

Kate Brennan

February 10, 2021

NCARB previously decreased the ARE from seven divisions to six, saving you studying and testing time. Now, the number of questions and division durations have been reduced, giving you more time per question - something we can all cheer about!

Black Spectacles Practice Exams Align with NCARB’s ARE Updates

Kate Brennan

December 22, 2020

We pride ourselves on having the best ARE Practice Exams around, so when we heard NCARB was updating their process, we got to work in updating ours. While there are no changes to content (phew), we still want to give you the closest experience to the real ARE, so we’ve enhanced our Practice Exams to reflect their new platform. Read on to see how we’ve replicated NCARB’s ARE  

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. 


Marc Teer

October 31, 2018

Have you ever wondered why you feel like you are fully prepared for a test all the way up until the moment you walk in to take it? Either your mind goes blank or you can’t focus on what you know you’ve learned? This is common, and better yet, you can fix it. 

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