Study Resources for the ARE


Click here to go to the ARE 4.0 Guidelines


Click here to find exam preparation seminars.

Helpful hints on how to pass the ARE from Abby Clary

Helpful hints on how to pass the ARE from Sara Beardsley

Helpful hints on how to pass the ARE from Natalie Critchley

Helpful hints on how to pass the ARE from Jana Edelbrock

Helpful hints on how to pass the ARE from Marsha Spenser

Helpful hints on how to pass the ARE from Mike Ryan


AIA Chicago in partnership with offers online test prep tutorials - to register, go to

The Chicago AIA also provides live annual refresher courses - call them for dates: (312) 376-2720

The following books are available from the AIA Bookstore, telephone (202) 626-7475 or, use the toll-free number: (800) 242-3837, or order online at

They are also likely available from the Prairie Avenue Bookshop, 418 South Wabash, Chicago, Illinois 60605, telephone (800) 474-2724, or order online at


Many of them are also available from Professional Publications, Inc. 1250 Fifth Avenue, Belmont, California 94002, telephone (650) 593-9119, and can be ordered online from them at

Architectural License Seminars is a company specializing in preparing guides to help candidates pass the ARE.  They are owned by Kaplan Architecture, 30 S. Wacker Dr. #2500, Chicago, IL 60606-7481. Their publications can be ordered by telephone at (800) 420-1429, or online at

AIA Emerging Professional's Companion - available online at (you will need your IDP password to get in to this site)

AIA Handbook of Professional Practice - available at Prairie Avenue Bookstore, or through the AIA,

AIA Supplementary Education Handbook - this is out of print and superceded by the Emerging Professional's Companion, but back copies are still available directly from the AIA, not from the AIA Bookstore.  Call Sylvie Etitane at the National AIA headquarters at (202) 626-7456 to order a copy.

Building Planning Vignette Primer and Mock ARE Building Planning Exam ($40.00)

Site Planning Tips and Techniques and Mock ARE Planning Exam ($40.00)

Building Technology Vignette Primer & Mock ARE Building Technology Exam ($40.00)

1997 Building Design Vignette Primer ($18.00)
1997 Site Design Tips and Techniques ($10.00)

1997 Site Grading Workbook ($28.00)

Architectural Exam Review Volume I: Structural Topics ($39.95)

David Kent Ballast.  Architectural Exam Review Volume II: Non-structural Topics ($41.95)

David Kent Ballast.  Building and Site Design Practice Exam ($32.95)

Architectural License Seminars Computerized Mock Exams

Pre Design ($45.00)
General Structures ($45.00)

Lateral Forces ($45.00)

Mechanical & Electrical Systems ($45.00)

Materials and Methods ($45.00)

Construction Documents and Services ($45.00)

Architectural License Seminars 1997 ALS Mock Exams: Site Planning ($30.00)

Architectural License Seminars 1996 Mock Site Exam ($25.00)

Architectural License Seminars 1996 ALS Mock Exams: Building Design ($32.00)

Architectural License Seminars 1996 ALS Mock Exams: Structures ($30.00)

Architectural License Seminars 1996 ALS Mock Exams: Lateral Forces ($30.00)

Architectural License Seminars Structural Questions and Answers ($35.00)

Architectural License Seminars New Questions and Answers ($35.00)

ARE "Secrets" Study Guide by Peter Morrison

Larry A. Paul.  ARE Practice Exam, Non-graphic Divisions ($24.95)

William A. Amor, AIA study guides available from the author at

Archiflash flashcards ($89.95)
also available directly from the author at

There are also online forums - places where you can ask questions about the exam and get answers from your peers who have already taken the exam.