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The Black Spectacles ARE® Live Podcast is your home for navigating the road to passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®) and becoming a licensed architect. Episodes include discussions about specific ARE & NCARB topics, interviews with distinguished architects & guests, and recordings of live broadcasts covering specific exam topics and questions and answers from a live audience.First ever NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0. http://blackspectacles.com

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The Black Spectacles ARE® Live Podcast is your home for navigating the road to passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®) and becoming a licensed architect. Episodes include discussions about specific ARE & NCARB topics, interviews with distinguished architects & guests, and recordings of live broadcasts covering specific exam topics and questions and answers from a live audience.First ever NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0. http://blackspectacles.com

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By MmyersGC - Oct 26 2016
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After graduating from grad school in Chicago I moved to a rural town in Maryland with little to no Architectural community. This podcast has helped me stay sane while getting ready to take my ARE exams and I feel like I'm right there with you guys!

Great information!

By LindaArlene - Jun 07 2015
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Good information and clear direction. Very helpful. I would recommend highly.

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
4
2
0
2

Thank you!!

By MmyersGC - Oct 26 2016
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After graduating from grad school in Chicago I moved to a rural town in Maryland with little to no Architectural community. This podcast has helped me stay sane while getting ready to take my ARE exams and I feel like I'm right there with you guys!

Great information!

By LindaArlene - Jun 07 2015
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Good information and clear direction. Very helpful. I would recommend highly.
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ARE Live

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The Black Spectacles ARE® Live Podcast is your home for navigating the road to passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®) and becoming a licensed architect. Episodes include discussions about specific ARE & NCARB topics, interviews with distinguished architects & guests, and recordings of live broadcasts covering specific exam topics and questions and answers from a live audience.First ever NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0. http://blackspectacles.com

Rank #1: What is this question REALLY asking? A Construction Documents and Services Mock Exam

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they review the answers to the Construction Documents and Services Mock Exam in this episode of ARE Live. This episode will help you recognize the different systems and the factors that go into choosing the right one for the project, and it will also help you understand the different components of systems. You can download this mock exam and answer the questions yourself, and then listen in.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Download the Mock Exam:
http://bksp.es/cds-mock-exam-2016

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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
http://blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need-to-pass-are-exam-resources

Jan 21 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: Navigating Practice Management | ARE Live

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Join Heather Rivera, our resident architect, and Mike Newman who will be discussing creating a team, ethics, standard of care, and everything else you should know about the practice management side of architecture.

After this episode, you’ll have useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable demonstrating your knowledge of practice management principles that you need to know for the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Jul 11 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: What Do YOU Think a Million Dollars Means? A Programming Planning and Practice Mock Exam | ARE Live

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they answer the questions on the ARE PPP Mock Exam. They’ll be covering topics like budgeting, delivery methods, and zoning. You can download this mock exam and answer the questions yourself, and then listen in.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Download the Mock Exam:
http://bksp.es/PPPMockExam

AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles-
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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
http://blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need-to-pass-are-exam-resources

May 26 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #4: Deep Thoughts with Mike Newman: An ARE 5.0 PDD Mock Case Study | ARE Live

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they answer the questions on the ARE 5.0 Project Development & Documentation Mock Case Study. This is a division on the new version of the exam, ARE 5.0, and it focuses on all issues relating to the development of design concepts, the evaluation of materials and technologies, selection of appropriate construction techniques, and appropriate construction documentation. Case studies are one of the new question types you can expect to find on ARE 5.0.

You can download this mock case study and corresponding resources, answer the questions based on the resources provided, and then listen in for the answers.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Download the Case Study Resources:
http://bksp.es/0_Scenario_JMPSTR http://bksp.es/1_Program_JMPSTR http://bksp.es/2_PHASE_1_Report http://bksp.es/3_ClimateAnalysis http://bksp.es/4_ZoningCode http://bksp.es/5_ZoningMap http://bksp.es/6_NeighborhoodPhoto http://bksp.es/7_IntBuildingCodes

Download the Mock Exam:
http://bksp.es/PDD-MockCaseStudy

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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
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Sep 29 2016

1hr 25mins

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Rank #5: How to Pass the ARE (From People Who’ve Actually Done it!)

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they welcome architects Charlie Klecha from Quinn Evans in Detroit, Jennifer Rittler from Moody Nolan in Columbus, and Josh Mings from Landon Bone Baker in Chicago. What do all of these architects have in common? They have all taken the ARE and passed it! And they’ve all come together on this episode of ARE Live to share their stories, insights and advice on how to go about preparing for, taking, and (perhaps most importantly) celebrating passing (or failing!) the exam. Don’t miss out on this unique insight into the ARE!

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership for AIA Members:
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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need…-exam-resources

Oct 23 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #6: ARE Live: Practice Management Mock Exam - 2019

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Join us as we discuss Practice Management with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to creating a team, ethics, standard of care, and everything else you should know about the practice management side of architecture.

After this episode, you’ll have useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable demonstrating your knowledge of practice management principles that you need to know for the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
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Jul 30 2019

41mins

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Rank #7: You’re Probably Overthinking It: A Q&A Session with Mike Newman | ARE Live

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they answer your ARE questions in this episode of ARE Live. Mike and Marc will be covering subjects such as the differences between ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0, rolling exam clocks, and NCARB’s pass/fail exam breakdowns.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles-
blackspectacles.com/courses
Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
http://blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need-to-pass-are-exam-resources

Apr 28 2016

1hr 23mins

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Rank #8: How to Pass the ARE in just 5 Exams: A Discussion on ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0

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In late 2016, NCARB is releasing the new version of the ARE. Whether you are in the middle of the exam, or have yet to begin, make sure you are ready for the transition.

Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they discuss the timing of the exams, how the exams are different, and some strategies to consider about which exam to take and when, depending on where you are in the process of licensure.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles-
blackspectacles.com/courses
Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
http://blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need-to-pass-are-exam-resources

Mar 24 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: Programming and Analysis Mock Exam - 2018 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Programming and Analysis with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore project development knowledge and skills relating to architectural programming; environmental, social, and economic issues; codes and regulations.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts & principles that will be covered in the ARE Programming and Analysis exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Dec 18 2018

42mins

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Rank #10: Construction & Evaluation Mock Exam - 2019 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Construction & Evaluation with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to bidding and negotiation processes, support of the construction process, and evaluation of completed projects.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of construction contract execution, construction support services, payment request processing, and project closeout.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

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Apr 16 2019

39mins

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Rank #11: How to become a licensed architect with both the IDP and the ARE (featuring Frank Heitzman)

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In this episode of ARE Live we're going to the beginning and engaging in an in-depth discussion about what it really takes to become a licensed architect.

Join Marc Teer, Mike Newman and Frank Heitzman as they discuss education requirements, continue with a deep dive into the Intern Development Program (IDP), including all of the recent changes, and discuss what the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®) is and how to plan to pass it.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Frank Heitzman is the founding principal of Heitzman Architects, a senior lecturer at Triton College, and has been a long time licensing advisor for the State of Illinois.

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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
http://blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need-to-pass-are-exam-resources

Dec 11 2015

1hr 29mins

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Rank #12: Understanding the Question Types on the ARE - 2019 | ARE Live

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Learn why and how the questions on the ARE are written so that you’re prepared to own them on test day.

Heather Rivera, our resident architect, will explain the 5 question types you’ll see on the ARE . She will dive into why they exist and the best ways to efficiently attack them. After this episode, you’ll know how to beat the questions rather than letting them beat you.

This episode is best viewed as a video because of the visual nature of the practice exams. You can view the video here: https://bksp.es/utq2019

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
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Mar 22 2019

43mins

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Rank #13: Project Management Mock Exam - 2018 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Project Management with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to resource management, project work planning, project execution, and project quality control.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts & principles that will be covered in the ARE Project Management exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Nov 15 2018

58mins

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Rank #14: Project Development & Documentation Mock Exam - 2019 | ARE Live

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Join us for Project Development & Documentation (PDD) discussion with Mike Newman.

PDD focuses on all issues relating to building materials, building systems, detailing and documentation, project specifications, and adhering to code requirements.

We will be using a mock exam as an opportunity to discuss some of the more vexing topics on this division, as well as delve into strategies for answering. This will be a good introduction on how to navigate the question types you will find on this division of the ARE.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Feb 22 2019

47mins

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Rank #15: Project Planning and Design Mock Exam - 2019 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Project Planning & Design with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

Project Planning & Design focuses on all issues relating to the generation or evaluation of design alternatives that synthesize environmental, cultural, behavioral, technical, and economic issues.

We will be using a mock exam as an opportunity to discuss some of the more vexing topics on this division, as well as delve into strategies for answering. This will be a good introduction on how to navigate the question types you will find on this division of the ARE.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Jan 25 2019

36mins

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Rank #16: The Devil You Know: A Question and Answer Session with Mike Newman

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Are you worried about the switch from ARE 4.0 to 5.0? You shouldn’t be! In this episode of ARE Live, Mike Newman tells you why the switch from 4.0 to 5.0 isn’t as bad as it seems. He will also be answering questions submitted by you, the listeners, and discussing a set of diverse topics that range from different types of wood to the finer points of light bulb efficiency and sustainability.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership for AIA Members:
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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
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Aug 27 2015

41mins

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Rank #17: ARE Live - Success Stories from A’19: Learn how these architects passed the ARE

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Learn the best tips and tricks from A’19 attendees who have passed the ARE — from studying habits to exam strategies. Get inspired from these success stories and apply the tactics to your plan of attack.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
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Jun 25 2019

59mins

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Rank #18: Sneak Peek at Mike’s A’19 Presentation: Know Your Contracts | ARE Live

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This year at A’19, Mike Newman will be presenting the Top 10 Tips for Passing the ARE. Before we head to Vegas, we are giving you one of his essential tips.

Knowing contracts and how they relate to the ARE is key for passing. Join us as we dive deep into the contracts and show you what you need to know about the B101, A201, and A101 when you take the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
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May 28 2019

56mins

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Rank #19: Understanding Structures | ARE Live

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Mike Newman and Ji Moon, a structural engineer and architect, discuss the structural formulas and concepts you’ll see on the ARE. They’ll review a few different mock exam questions so you can learn how these types of questions are written and get a better sense of the structural considerations you’re expected to know.

After this episode, you’ll have variety of useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable demonstrating what you need to know about structures when you take the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Sep 11 2018

49mins

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Rank #20: Combating Test Anxiety | ARE Live

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In this episode we sit down with one of our Black Spectacles ARE Prep Coaches and a psychology expert to discuss what test anxiety is, how managing it can improve your exam scores, and specific ways to help overcome it. We’ll be asking for your input on what you’ve found makes you nervous or trips you up, and give you our tips & tricks for staying cool, calm, and collected.

After this episode, you’ll have the opportunity to read a blog post with information from our researchers, and download a variety of useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable and relaxed when you take the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Oct 30 2018

1hr

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ARE Live: Project Planning & Design Mock Exam

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Getting licensed is a rigorous process and takes most aspiring architects several years to complete. It’s easy to look at the ARE and licensure as a major obstacle in the way of where you want to go with your career.

During this episode, we’ll explore issues relating to the generation or evaluation of design alternatives that synthesize environmental, cultural, behavioral, technical, and economic issues.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
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Dec 19 2019

51mins

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ARE Live: Programming & Analysis Mock Exam Review - 2019

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Join us as we discuss Programming and Analysis with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we will explore project development knowledge and skills relating to architectural programming; environmental, social, and economic issues; codes and regulations.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
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Nov 21 2019

1hr

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ARE Live: Tips & Strategies for Passing the ARE 5.0

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Join Black Spectacles as we share strategies on how to mentally prepare yourself for the ARE experience. No matter where you are in your ARE journey, you will come away with tips you can use immediately!

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

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Oct 14 2019

34mins

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ARE Live: Why I Wish I Got Licensed Sooner - 2019

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Getting licensed is a rigorous process and takes most aspiring architects several years to complete. It’s easy to look at the ARE and licensure as a major obstacle in the way of where you want to go with your career.

During this episode, we’ll talk with a panel of architects who didn’t take the traditional path to licensure. Listen to their insights on what they would do differently knowing what they know now.
Their stories will leave you feeling motivated to tackle licensure and put the ARE behind you.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

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Sep 24 2019

58mins

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ARE Live: Project Management Mock Exam - 2019

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Join us as we discuss Project Management. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to resource management, project work planning, project execution, and project quality control.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts & principles that will be covered in the ARE Project Management exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
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Aug 27 2019

45mins

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ARE Live: Practice Management Mock Exam - 2019

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Join us as we discuss Practice Management with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to creating a team, ethics, standard of care, and everything else you should know about the practice management side of architecture.

After this episode, you’ll have useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable demonstrating your knowledge of practice management principles that you need to know for the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
and enter code: PCM73019PC

Jul 30 2019

41mins

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ARE Live - Success Stories from A’19: Learn how these architects passed the ARE

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Learn the best tips and tricks from A’19 attendees who have passed the ARE — from studying habits to exam strategies. Get inspired from these success stories and apply the tactics to your plan of attack.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
and enter code: HTP62519PC

Jun 25 2019

59mins

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Sneak Peek at Mike’s A’19 Presentation: Know Your Contracts | ARE Live

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This year at A’19, Mike Newman will be presenting the Top 10 Tips for Passing the ARE. Before we head to Vegas, we are giving you one of his essential tips.

Knowing contracts and how they relate to the ARE is key for passing. Join us as we dive deep into the contracts and show you what you need to know about the B101, A201, and A101 when you take the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

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May 28 2019

56mins

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Construction & Evaluation Mock Exam - 2019 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Construction & Evaluation with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to bidding and negotiation processes, support of the construction process, and evaluation of completed projects.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of construction contract execution, construction support services, payment request processing, and project closeout.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

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Apr 16 2019

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Understanding the Question Types on the ARE - 2019 | ARE Live

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Learn why and how the questions on the ARE are written so that you’re prepared to own them on test day.

Heather Rivera, our resident architect, will explain the 5 question types you’ll see on the ARE . She will dive into why they exist and the best ways to efficiently attack them. After this episode, you’ll know how to beat the questions rather than letting them beat you.

This episode is best viewed as a video because of the visual nature of the practice exams. You can view the video here: https://bksp.es/utq2019

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

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Mar 22 2019

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Project Development & Documentation Mock Exam - 2019 | ARE Live

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Join us for Project Development & Documentation (PDD) discussion with Mike Newman.

PDD focuses on all issues relating to building materials, building systems, detailing and documentation, project specifications, and adhering to code requirements.

We will be using a mock exam as an opportunity to discuss some of the more vexing topics on this division, as well as delve into strategies for answering. This will be a good introduction on how to navigate the question types you will find on this division of the ARE.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Feb 22 2019

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Project Planning and Design Mock Exam - 2019 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Project Planning & Design with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

Project Planning & Design focuses on all issues relating to the generation or evaluation of design alternatives that synthesize environmental, cultural, behavioral, technical, and economic issues.

We will be using a mock exam as an opportunity to discuss some of the more vexing topics on this division, as well as delve into strategies for answering. This will be a good introduction on how to navigate the question types you will find on this division of the ARE.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Jan 25 2019

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Programming and Analysis Mock Exam - 2018 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Programming and Analysis with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore project development knowledge and skills relating to architectural programming; environmental, social, and economic issues; codes and regulations.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts & principles that will be covered in the ARE Programming and Analysis exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Dec 18 2018

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Project Management Mock Exam - 2018 | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Project Management with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to resource management, project work planning, project execution, and project quality control.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts & principles that will be covered in the ARE Project Management exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Nov 15 2018

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Combating Test Anxiety | ARE Live

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In this episode we sit down with one of our Black Spectacles ARE Prep Coaches and a psychology expert to discuss what test anxiety is, how managing it can improve your exam scores, and specific ways to help overcome it. We’ll be asking for your input on what you’ve found makes you nervous or trips you up, and give you our tips & tricks for staying cool, calm, and collected.

After this episode, you’ll have the opportunity to read a blog post with information from our researchers, and download a variety of useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable and relaxed when you take the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Oct 30 2018

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Understanding Structures | ARE Live

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Mike Newman and Ji Moon, a structural engineer and architect, discuss the structural formulas and concepts you’ll see on the ARE. They’ll review a few different mock exam questions so you can learn how these types of questions are written and get a better sense of the structural considerations you’re expected to know.

After this episode, you’ll have variety of useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable demonstrating what you need to know about structures when you take the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Sep 11 2018

49mins

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Navigating Practice Management | ARE Live

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Join Heather Rivera, our resident architect, and Mike Newman who will be discussing creating a team, ethics, standard of care, and everything else you should know about the practice management side of architecture.

After this episode, you’ll have useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable demonstrating your knowledge of practice management principles that you need to know for the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Jul 11 2018

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Top 10 Tips for Passing ARE 5.0 | ARE Live

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Join us at this ARE Live Podcast episode to learn the best study strategies and test taking tips to pass the ARE 5.0.

We’ll be live with Mike Newman showing you what you can expect to see on the 5.0 exam. You’ll also learn the best strategies for answering each new question type, and we’ll even use one of our practice exams that look just like the real ARE so you can get familiar with these question types.

After this episode, you’ll have a game plan for tackling the ARE 5.0 and useful test taking strategies to help you feel comfortable demonstrating what you need to know for the exam.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Jun 06 2018

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Navigating the Case Studies | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss the ARE case studies with Mike Newman. Using a mock case study, we’ll cover everything you need to know about this new section on the exam so you’ll have a game plan to complete the case studies before time expires during the real exam.

You'll also learn the best strategies for approaching and executing the case studies so you can feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts and principles that you'll need to know when you take the ARE.

Download the mock case study exercise @ https://bksp.es/2KExfFz

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

May 09 2018

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Steps to Getting Licensed | ARE Live

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With different requirements in each state, it’s no secret that there’s a lot to consider on your path to licensure.

Join us at this ARE Live Podcast episode to shore up your understanding of the steps to getting licensed. We’ll be live with two licensing advisors showing you what the general licensure requirements are, then we’ll break down how licensure requirements vary by state.

After this episode, you’ll understand everything you need to do in order to become a licensed architect so you can get back on track to licensure.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Apr 11 2018

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Thank you!!

By MmyersGC - Oct 26 2016
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After graduating from grad school in Chicago I moved to a rural town in Maryland with little to no Architectural community. This podcast has helped me stay sane while getting ready to take my ARE exams and I feel like I'm right there with you guys!

Great information!

By LindaArlene - Jun 07 2015
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Good information and clear direction. Very helpful. I would recommend highly.