Category Archive: BDCS Exam

Mar 05

How To Design An Efficient Solution on the Roof Plan Vignette

On the Roof Plan Vignette of the ARE, designing an efficient solution will be one of the critical factors in determining if you pass or fail that exam section. Like most ARE vignette sections, learning how to design the most efficient solution possible is essential because there are multiple solutions possible. Sure, anyone could design …

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Feb 20

How To Determine the Minimum Stair Width on the Stair Design Vignette

On the stair design vignette, understanding how to determine the minimum stair width is essential in completing your final design. Like most ARE vignettes, an important factor in scoring your vignette is the EFFICIENCY of your solution. Most vignettes can be solved in multiple ways so the key to determining a successful solution is largely …

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Feb 11

ARE Advisor Vignette Series – Complete Package

The ARE Advisor Vignette Series Complete Package is now available for candidates looking to prepare for the ARE. As I’m sure you’re well aware, each ARE exam division is broken down into a multiple-choice section and a vignette section. Personally, I feel that many people under-prepare for the vignette section of each test and that …

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Jan 25

4 Tips for Passing the Stair Design Vignette

The stair design vignette is one of the 3 vignettes that make up the BDCS exam. The other 2 vignettes with the BDCS exam are the Ramp/Accessibility vignette and the roof plan vignette. These 3 vignettes are all quite challenging individually and even more so when you consider that you have less than 3 hours …

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Jan 20

3 Tips For Passing the Roof Plan Vignette

The roof plan vignette is one of the 3 different vignettes that make up the Building Design and Construction Services (BDCS) exam. It can certainly be argued that the BDCS exam is the most comprehensive and difficult one of the 7 ARE exam divisions. Most ARE divisions only have 1 vignette associated with it, yet …

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