ARE 5 Review Manual - Revised



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ISBN: 978-1-59126-515-3
Copyright: 2016
Page Count: 1088
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ-Cert. No. 9425

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    David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ Certification No. 9425, owns Architectural Research Consulting, a firm offering information and management services to architects, interior designers, and the construction industry. Mr. Ballast taught interior construction and other courses at Arapahoe Community College for over 20 years. A licensed architect in the state of Colorado, Mr. Ballast has written many books on design topics.

  • Steven E. O Hara, PE

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    Steven E. O'Hara, PE, is a professor of architectural engineering in the School of Architecture at Oklahoma State University. Professor O'Hara earned bachelor of science in architectural studies and master of architectural engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University. He is a licensed engineer in Oklahoma.
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    ARE 5 Review Manual for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE5RM), Paperback

    PPI’s ARE 5 Review Manual by David Kent Ballast, FAIA and Steven E. O Hara, PE offers complete review of content areas covered in ARE 5.0’s six divisions.

    It includes review of subjects that were recently added to the exam with the release of ARE 5.0 in November of 2016, and covers recent developments in project delivery, sustainable design, pre-construction activities, and many other areas of architectural practice.

    Effective October 1, 2018, ARE 5.0 references the 2017 family of AIA Contract Documents. Already own the book? Download the update to the ARE 5 Practice Exam here.

    The review manual is part of a complete set of tools to help examinees prepare and pass ARE 5.0 the first time. Click here to save 15% and upgrade to our complete review bundle.

    ARE 5 Review Manual (ARE5RM) includes:

    • a thorough review of all exam content areas to prepare you for all six divisions

    • example problems to clarify how to apply key architectural concepts

    • hundreds of tables and figures to facilitate referencing and problem solving

    • advice, tips, and exam taking strategies to prepare you for exam day

    ARE 5.0 Exam Divisions Covered

    • Practice Management

    • Project Management

    • Programming & Services

    • Project Planning & Design

    • Project Development & Documentation

    • Construction & Evaluation



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    Customer Reviews (View All - 5)

    Great Summary and Review of Test Topics Review by Ashley
    I have taken my first test and so far the manual was a great review of all the test subjects. (Posted on 5/16/2017)

    Having both the Ballast and Kaplan versions is popular, but Ballast wins in accuracy. Review by Customer
    Covers 6 divisions; Practice management, Project Management, Programming & Analysis, Project Planning & Design, Project Development & Documentation, and Construction & Evaluation. It is a huge book of 1088 pages and weighing in at 5.2 pounds. It seemed heavier than that so I put it on the digital scale, sure enough 5.2. It comes with a hefty price tag but for a book that you can use for a lifetime it is more than a worthwhile investment. Unfortunately you really do need the supplemental books by the author which themselves are a bit expensive. Fortunately it is a popular practice to sell the supplemental books used when done with them. With the hefty price tag there is a really good demand for them. This review manual for the ARE is often kept though as a long term reference.

    The back of the book has a vast index so every terms is referenced. This makes it a consortium of easily accessible information for every topic. It is basically a dry read, after all it is a technical manual. The Ballast book here is often preferred because it is more focused and accurate over the Kaplan which is known for blatant errors. However having both is popular because each provides some unique content. (Posted on 11/7/2016)