Category Archive: Passing Tips

Mar 17

How To Get Over Failing an ARE Exam

Failing an ARE exam is something no candidate wants to think about but the reality is that it happens quite a bit so it’s important that you’re ready to rebound quickly. For starters, failing an exam division is NOTHING to be embarrassed about. It’s actually more common that a candidate will fail at least one …

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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 27

How To Manage Your Time During The Building Layout Vignette

Learning how to manage your time on the Building Layout vignette an important aspect to understand because a lot of ARE candidates don’t manage their time efficiently. Even though finishing on time is typically not an issue with this vignette (since you have 4 hours to do it), it’s important that ARE candidates come up …

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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 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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