ARE5 Review Manual_AIA & CSI MasterFormat

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Copyright: 2016
Page Count: 1088
Format(s): Paperback, ePub
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ-Cert. No. 9425

    Author Information

    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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    New Update for AIA Contract Documents and CSI MasterFormat

    PPI's most recent printing of the ARE 5 Review Manual by David Kent Ballast, FAIA and Steven E. O Hara, PE offers complete review of content areas covered in the ARE 5.0 six division exams.

    It includes review of subjects that were added to the exam with the release of ARE 5.0 in November of 2016, plus references to 2017 family of AIA Contract Documents, CSI MasterFormat, and recent developments in project delivery, sustainable design, pre-construction activities, and many other areas of architectural practice.

    Features of ARE 5 Review Manual include:

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

    • over 150 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

    • pages tabbed in blue by division for quick navigation

    ARE 5.0 Exam Divisions Covered

    • Practice Management

    • Project Management

    • Programming & Analysis

    • Project Planning & Design

    • Project Development & Documentation

    • Construction & Evaluation

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    The review manual is part of a complete set of tools to help examinees prepare and pass all six ARE 5.0 exams the first time. CLICK HERE to save money on everything you need.

    **Add the eTextbook for Additional Benefits**

    • ability to download the entire eTextbook to multiple devices, so you can study even without internet access

    • an auto sync feature across all your devices for a seamless experience on or offline

    • unique study tools such as highlighting in six different colors to tailor your study experience

    • features like read aloud for complete hands-free review

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    So far so good Review by Stephanie
    I've used PPI before and really benefited from their study guides - I strongly prefer them to the other big names out there.I really like that the ARE review manual is one textbook with all of the divisions rather than separate (and also, separately purchased) textbooks.

    I've just finished the first division of the ARE manual and it's good, with a few minor suggestions. There are individual review questions throughout each chapter, which is helpful. These I think are not meant to test what you've learned so far as much as further educate you with in depth explanations with the answers. However, even so, it's annoying that the multiple choice answers are in a larger, bold, separate line font - which really makes them stand out. Unfortunately it means the first thing I see when I turn the page is the answer to the question, and I think it would be much more effective to simply include it in-line at the end of the answer explanations. I've also found a number of grammatical typos which, while not a huge deal (this isn't an English Language study guide), it is slightly distracting to me. (Posted on 12/5/2019)
    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 12/5/2019)
    Lots of information Review by Connie
    The book is huge and all encompassing and seems to be organized well with so much information. The reading is a bit dry, and I wish there were more diagrams and references to the test. It would help to be able to relate the information you're reading to a situation that you will use it when testing. Overall, though, I am pleased with the book. (Posted on 12/5/2019)
    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 12/5/2019)
    Excellent Review by Chris
    The material is presented in a very ordered and concise method. I believe the subject matter is presented much better in comparison with the previous Ballast Review Manual for ARE 4.0 I have used. I was also pleasantly surprised that most of the material is new rather than copied from the ARE 4.0 manual. (Posted on 12/5/2019)

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