What Order Should I Take ARE 5.0 In?
ARE 5.0 Exam Divisions Order Map
1. Practice Management (PcM), Project Management (PjM), Construction and Evaluation (CE)
Plan on taking these three exams first and relatively close together. They cover similar topics to one another, and they contain the foundational knowledge you can use for the other exams. You can take these three in any order.
2. Programming and Analysis (PA)
Programming and Analysis is a unique exam that integrates many topics that are central to architectural practice. Take this exam after PCM, PJM, and CE. If you’d like to plan out a short break in your studies, plan the break for either before or after the PA exam.
3. Project Planning and Design (PPD), Project Development and Documentation (PDD)
These are more challenging and longer exams. They are helpful if taken towards the end, once you’ve mastered the foundational knowledge in PcM, PjM, and CE. PPD and PDD cover a lot of similar material but during different phases of the project. PPD covers preliminary schematic design, and PDD covers construction documents. These should be taken relatively close together and at the end of your exam journey.
Have a Plan if You Don’t Pass a Division
- Keep up the studying momentum! Take the next planned exam, and get back to the one you didn’t pass after that.
- If you know you’ll need a break from studying after failing an exam division, plan on taking a two-month break.
- Remember that the biggest danger is not that you fail an exam division but that you lose studying momentum due to long, unplanned breaks. You can do this!
Sample ARE 5.0 Study Plan
Year 1: PcM, PjM, CE
Year 2: PA, PPD, PDD