Category Archive: SPD Exam

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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Feb 07

3 Tips For Passing the Site Grading Vignette

The Site Grading vignette is 1 of the 2 vignettes that make up the Site Planning and Design exam of the ARE. Of the 2 vignettes, the Site Grading vignette is definitely the more overlooked vignette so we’re going to take a look at 3 tips that you should know in order to pass this …

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Jan 11

Taking the CDS, PPP and SPD Exams First

Trying to plan our the order of your ARE exams is important for all candidates to do both prior to starting your exams as well as after you start taking. It’s always a good idea for ARE candidates to come up with a plan of attack before starting the exams. This helps give you a …

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Jun 20

ARE Advisor Vignette Series – SPD Vignette Guide

Welcome to the SPD Vignette Guide, a part of the ARE Advisor Vignette Series. I’d like to introduce you to this downloadable eBook that is designed to walk you through the site design and site grading vignettes step-by-step! Like I’ve said throughout this site, I believe that the vignette portion of every ARE test is …

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Nov 05

Adding and Using Trees On The Site Design Vignette

Adding and using trees on the Site Design Vignette is important to understand because trees can be used to solve multiple problems when laying out your site design. This vignette really tests your ability as a designer in terms of understanding spacial relationships while solving a variety of programmatic requirements. This exercise in site planning …

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