Additional Resources:

4.0 & 5.0 Study Group Monday Nights

  • Schedule
    5:45-6:00 Warm-up
    6:00-6:30 Presentation
    6:30-6:45 Q and A
    6:45-7:15 Practice Exams
    7:15-7:45 Flash Cards
  • Study materials
    •Designer hacks
    •Black spectacles
    Join us on Facebook AIAOC study group

Where: AIA Orange County
4100 Birch Street, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Date: January 8th
Time: Monday Nights 5:45-7:45

—> Facebook Group Page HERE



Project Planning & Design ( PPD 5.0)

Join fellow ARE candidates to:

  • Review Codes & Regulations
  • Listen to lectures specific to exam content
  • Follow class syllabus, monthly and daily suggested study schedules
  • Ask questions and get clarification from on-site local experts in the field

Study materials provided by class are Architect’s Exam Prep (AEP) The Whole Enchilada 2017 for PPD include:
-Study Guide
-Audio Companion
-Ultimate Flashcards
-Online Multi Choice Exam Simulator – Omces

NCARB additional study materials referenced in class include:
-Architectural Graphics Standards
-Building Codes Illustrated: A guide to Understanding the 2012 International Building Code
-Building Structures
-Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods
-Mechanical & Electrical Equipment for Buildings
-2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (free online)
-International Building Code (2012) (free online)

The Chapter has selected the following course for Session one:
ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design

Lecture format class and discussion will be held at AIAOC on Saturday mornings (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month) from 9:00 am to 12 noon as well as a discussion with on-site local experts in the field.

Where: AIA Orange County
4100 Birch Street, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660

*Please note location will change with the office move.

Date: January 20
**Please note: The program runs from January 20th – April 21, but will meet 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month only.

Time: Saturday mornings, 9:00 to 12:00 noon

AIAOC MEMBERS- $79 for all sessions – includes the purchase of AEP study materials.

NON-MEMBERS- $79 registration and a fee of $25 per class

(There will be a registration link to register for each session for dates 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21)




NCARB Feedback On Exams  

As the request of our members, AIAOC reached to NCARB to discuss how a candidate can receive guidance on failed vignettes.  While the response is provided below, members have stated it is best to review the YouTube video before paying the $100.  The video can be found at

NCARB offers a service called a score verification where an architect at NCARB reviews the candidate’s performance on both their multiple-choice and vignette sections of a division and provides that feedback to the candidate directly. It provides candidates better understanding of their performance:

  • For each multiple-choice section of a division, the review helps identify the greatest areas for improvement above and beyond the current level 1, 2 or 3 feedback already provided on the score report.
  • For each vignette that candidate had issues with, the review provides insights into the critical issues that caused the candidate to perform anything less than a level 1.

There is a $100 fee to have this manual verification done, but for some candidates, it is certainly a much better option than continuing to pay a full exam fee “just to try again”. The other benefit of a score verification is that it is available to all ARE candidates regardless of which jurisdiction they are testing under. Score verifications are private between the candidate and NCARB and cannot be shared through a third-party, therefore, candidates can contact NCARB Customer Service at 202/879-0520 to begin the review process if they so desire.

If the candidate does not want a score verification, we also have a YouTube Site Zoning video that describes this vignette (and common candidate errors) available free. I also hope the candidate is using the ARE 4.0 Google+ community to learn from other ARE candidates and have their questions addressed by the NCARB moderators.