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Site Planning & Design ARE Mock Exam (SPD of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignett based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Professor Chen's book is excellent. I studied a bunch of the other materials, but this book really brought it all together for me. The mock exam offers questions very similar to what I encountered on the test, so I was glad I read this beforehand. Also, he breaks down the vignettes similar to the Dorf's solution book, but with additional insight. For a test that draws from a broad range of topics, he helps to hone in on the key concepts while helping candidates to think critically.
This book is a great resource for preparing for your exam. Where other books lack in the their complete explanation of the ARE / IDP / NCARB registration process, Gang explains the entire process and helps you understand your end goal instead of just cramming for an exam (even though all of the information for cramming is in here). I thought I already knew everything about this part of the process but Gang filled in a lot of bits of information I was unaware of. Prior to finding Gang's book, I had a hard time finding detailed explanations for the graphic portions of the exams. But in this book, Gang does a wonderful job of detailing how to step by step solve each graphic problem, with plenty of screen shots and sketches to help you get there. I strongly suggest that you give Gang's book at least a couple of good solid reads prior to your exam. If you follow his directions properly, you'll be well on your way to passing AND you can walk into the Prometric testing center confident, calm and ready to ACE your next exam! JD