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Guide to the Overwhelmed ARE study guides

Pass all the ARE Exams in 2 months with the Guide for the Overwhelmed.

The first book of 6!

The Guide to the Overwhelmed series is your single most effective resource for the ARE.

I love how your guide is clearly formatted and easy to understand!

Maslin Mellick, architect

It tells you exactly what you need to memorize for each exam, exactly what you need to understand, and provides you practice problems with complete explanations for both.


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Other ARE resources skew too general or too specific. They talk about what the authors are interested in, rather than what the exam tests. Some of them haven’t even been updated since ARE 4.0!

The Guide to the Overwhelmed was built from the ground up in a different way. It was built to address exactly what’s on the exam, and nothing else.

“I love the language in your guides. The affirmations make me feel like a pass is achievable.”

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“I like how these guides are helpful, direct, and simple to follow.”

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“The way that different sections got broken down was very helpful, as well as what was needed to be memorized vs understood.”

Ricardo Belliard, architect

This was done through exhaustive research not only of the NCARB’s guidelines, but also by poring over dozens of post-exam reports from those who’ve taken it.

Interested in checking them out? They’re available on Gumroad, with links below. Alternatively, click below to view a PDF of a sample section of each guide.

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ARE Exam 1, Practice ManagementPractice Management sample section
ARE Exam 2, Project ManagementProject Management sample section
ARE Exam 3, Programming and AnalysisProgramming and Analysis sample section
ARE Exam 4, Project Planning and DesignProject Planning and Design sample section
ARE Exam 5, Project Development and DocumentationProject Development and Documentation sample section
ARE Exam 6, Construction and EvaluationConstruction and Evaluation sample section


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