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Black Spectacles Firm Membership

With Black Spectacles, you’ll be in good company - 27 of the top 50 architecture firms in the United States trust us as a test prep resource for their staff.

HOW IT WORKS

Memberships are available to firms of all sizes with at least 2 testing candidates with a minimum of a 1-year commitment. Pricing is based on shared “seats” that can be used by any member of your team. For example, a firm with 10 active test candidates can share 4 seats for concurrent studying.

 

  • Save Money - By sharing seats, the average firm can save 60 - 80% compared to purchasing individual memberships for their staff.
  • Higher Pass Rates - Candidates who use Black Spectacles report much higher ARE 5.0 pass rates than NCARB’s national averages for every division.
  • Easy to Use - Easily check on the progress of your staff, and enable them to study on desktop or mobile devices with a built-in dashboard that helps them track their individual progress.
  • Money-Back Guarantee - We guarantee you’ll be satisfied with Black Spectacles or you can cancel and receive your investment back within 90 days! View our guarantee details.

 

“Black Spectacles is tailored to our specific firm size, to my departmental budget, and truly to the needs of this company. That was very refreshing. I found that Black Spectacles listened to the needs we had and were able to come up with a solution that benefited both parties.”

Kim Aguilar Gregor, Manager of Library and Archival Services, GGLO

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Virtual Workshops - Your staff will get hand-on experience with key concepts in live-streamed workshops guided by licensed architects. Our virtual workshops focus on the top topics that testing candidates struggle with the most, and offer a unique opportunity to participate in group exercises, get one-on-one help, and have questions answered on the spot.
  • Video Lectures - Candidates get a comprehensive lesson with full outlines and explanations of core topics in each division, led by veteran architect Mike Newman, one of the most engaging and informative instructors in the business. Black Spectacles offers over 120 hours of video lectures, all built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives.
  • Practice Exams - Our practice exams simulate the look, feel and time constraints of the real exams and include 3 distinct forms to practice with, so there aren't any surprises on test day. We use the same process as NCARB to design our ARE® practice questions, which are developed and vetted by leading learning designers and test question experts.
  • Flashcards - Hundreds of built-in flashcards allow candidates to memorize relevant content, words, and objectives with each card linking to a video lecture for further explanation. In tracking progress, candidates can shuffle the deck, mark flashcards as mastered, and create their own.

Why Black Spectacles

Out of the box tool for your employees, pay and everyone gets access to world class ARE prep materials.

Efficient - More value compared to reimbursement programs with less administrative work.

Successful - Candidates who use Black Spectacles report a greater pass rate than NCARB’s national average. 

Intuitive - The dashboard is streamlined for individual use, is available whenever and wherever with an internet connection, and administrators can easily log on to check progress.

 

Software Learning

Get projects done faster. And Better. Our Software Learning tutorials are taught by practicing architects, not trainers, working at some of the best firms in the world, so your staff can sharpen their skills and learn relevant shortcuts which they can apply immediately to their own work and be more productive in the office.

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Testimonials

Testimonial: Alexander Huseman
Alexander Huseman
Architectural Designer, KPF
Testimonial: Ann Peters
Ann Peters
Learning + Development Mgr, Senior Associate, Perkins + Will
Testimonial: Lauren Coles
Lauren Coles
Project Manager, Associate, CO Architects

“It made my job easier because I was continually being asked, ‘Can you provide something?’ Now I can say ‘Yes, we are providing something’ and it’s something that is very welcome. Being able to have a program like this is gives our staff what they need.”

Gene Corrigan
Vice President, Deputy Chief Operations Officer, Leo A Daly

“Black Spectacles is tailored to our specific firm size, to my departmental budget, and truly to the needs of this company. That was very refreshing. I found that Black Spectacles listened to the needs we had and were able to come up with a solution that benefited both parties.”

Kim Aguilar Gregor
Manager of Library and Archival Services, GGLO
Testimonial: Michael Archer
Michael Archer
Architect, SOM
Testimonial: Gene Corrigan
Gene Corrigan
Vice President, Deputy Chief Operations Officer, Leo A Daly
Testimonial: Kim Aguilar Gregor
Kim Aguilar Gregor
Manager of Library and Archival Services, GGLO