Something that struck me in the ARE Strategies podcast is the suggestion to treat the 7 part architect registration exam (ARE) as one exam. For my remaining exams, I might try and employ this advice for three exams. My original exam sequence was 3-3-1. It became 3-1-3 and now I’m going back to 3-3-1.
I have 4 exams left (two I failed and two I haven’t taken). I’m thinking of grouping study for 3 exams (Building Systems, Structural Systems, and Building Design and Construction Sytems). This would leave Schematic Design to the end and a 3-1 exam sequence. I would take the exams in the order mentioned. I will have to reschedule to commit to this order.
I’m not sure how I’m handling this. Is there enough overlap of study topics? Will I be able to study enough of each topic to take the 3 exams close together?
In the podcast Umber Kazmi recommended treating the exam as one. Her advice still indicated studying for one part at a time. I think. That’s what I got out of it. So I don’t think I’ll be able to study for all three exams and take them within a week of each other. Not with 2 hours of daily study. Not unless that daily study lasts for a very consistent 3 month period with extended weekend studying. (OMG.)
I sort of treated my first three exams as one. Those exams had more similarity and content overlap. For my remaining exams I’m rethinking my exam strategy a bit and preparing my head for some extensive studying about to come.