This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series.
CDS, PPP, SPD, SD, SS, BS, BDCS
That’s what I did.
That order, or a variation of it, are what many people do.
Before I give you all the details, there is something very important that you need to know.
You will get questions from any exam on any exam.
At the beginning of the process you are at a disadvantage because you have zero ARE’s under your belt.
At the end of the process you are at a disadvantage because you have forgotten everything you memorized from the first few exams.
To answer your question about which test to take first.
It doesn’t matter.
The CDS PPP and SPD Trifecta
Many people like to take CDS, PPP and SPD in that order because the study materials build upon each other. Here’s why…
Construction Documents and Services (CDS)
Contains tons of legal contract stuff, the basics of Architecture as a Business and looks at some of the basics of working in an architecture office or creating construction drawings. Having no testing experience, this test is usually the one test that most ARE Candidates are least intimidated by and existing practical knowledge of. Click here for a full description of CDS.
Programming, Planning and Practice (PPP)
A great deal of what was studied in CDS will directly carry over into PPP. PPP gets into the early stages of a project, it looks at programming and early design concepts. Click here for a full description of PPP.
Site Planning and Design (SPD)
Since site planning is integral to the early stages of the design process, this is where the broad design concepts learned in PPP start considering the site. I personally found the SPD vignettes to be tricky to get the hang of, but having CDS and PPP under my belt helped. Click here for a full description of SPD.
As a disclaimer I must say that many, but not everyone follows this philosophy.
The Island exams (SD, SS)
I call these exams islands because the content doesn’t really have any distinct overlapping information. Depending upon how comfortable you are with these subjects, these 3 exams could be very challenging or an easy win.
Schematic Design (SD)
This is about solving 2 graphic vignettes. You may want to consider how comfortable you are with the NCARB software as a gauge to taking this test sooner or later. Click here for a full description of SD.
Structural Systems (SS)
I have never been great with calculations and all the little nuances of structures. I could see how this test could be a walk in the park for some other people. There is a bit of overlap with BDCS either way. Click here for a full description of SS.
BS and BDCS aren’t BS
I thought there was some overlap in the content I studied for BS and BDCS. There are really BDCS questions on all the exams.Where to challenge arbitration award? What opportunity cost means? How industries pollute the environment? Where is genetic engineering from? What grow zone is michigan? Which working partnerships are best for you? Where is proven industries located? Where to find object in excel? Who recruiting method? How much make money on youtube? Which facility is shown in the image? Who activities health? What summary writing? Which developer to use with bleach? Where to find favorite filters on snapchat? When leaders leave? When important education? How often do healthcare facilities receive licensing review visits? How many machine guns are on the nfa registry? How much maintenance is a bunny? When create facebook? Where to plant sunflowers? Who create electricity? Who driver diagram? How to unlock leaders far cry 6? From where mean in urdu? Which interview time slot is the best? Who won the first challenge? Is it a opportunity or an opportunity? Who blogs anymore? When opportunity knocks open the door? What grow zone is florida? Where to watch generation war? Why create a vision board? What kind of maintenance does a house need? How create apple id? How to unlock leaders far cry 6? Where are blogger photos stored? How much means add or subtract? How much marketing manager earn? Where to job shadow? Where industrial chemist can work? How often activities? Who activities speech therapy? Why challenge eli njuchi? How long create recovery drive? How opportunity costs lead to trade? Why algorithm and flowchart are used in programming? How many improvement exam for class 10 cbse? Where meaning in spanish? Which generation is after gen z? How far is algonquin illinois? How much theory do grandmasters know? Which algorithm is best for prediction? Fishbone diagram when to use? How meaning in punjabi? Whose generation is known as bani israel? How industrial revolution changed society? How challenge coins are made? Who is engineering explained? What skills to put on resume? Who's your internet service provider? How much architect earn? Which marketing job pays the most? Where is classification of assets? Who influence you to become a teacher? Where to get industrial circuits? How much career gap is acceptable in tcs? Where to post classified ads for free? Why workshop is helpful? How many summarize written text in pte? An equation whose degree is 1? Which influence ocean salinity? Why overcome setbacks? What algorithm does arrays sort use? Which generation airpods do i have? How many workshop in south eastern railway? How far example sentences with answers? Whose role is important for development work? When career accelerator? Which developer to use? Why engineering essay? Where knn algorithm is used? Guess where challenge? Interview where prince harry runs? Which research approach is best suited to? Where is genetic engineering from? Why industrial engineering? How many engineering schools in the us? How many make the cut at the open? Who grow fruits and vegetables? How much vacancy in upsc 2022? Why create an llc for rental properties? How much create a website? Which overcoming adversity? Who fishbone diagram? When anxiety takes over quotes? Which important landmark is in mexico? What internet speed do i need?
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