How I Obtained My Architecture License
I am a recently licensed architect in California, and I am here to tell you that if I was able to pass all the architecture exams, you can do it too!
Test taking was one of my biggest weaknesses but after taking and failing the architecture exams a few times, my perspective on the subject changed. I learned that everyone needs to find their approach to digesting the information, and I found that the best way for me is an organized and graphical representation of the material.
After struggling with the first four ARE exams, I enrolled in the YoungArchitect technical bootcamp for PPD and PDD. Here I was able to find a supportive community which encouraged and challenged me to be a better student. Over the course of the program, I created detailed diagrammatic notes on the contents of the exam using multiple sources including but not limited to, Amber book, David Doucette's ARE Prep, Building Construction Illustrated, Building Code Illustrated, Architect's Studio Companion, Heating, Cooling, Lighting, Plumbing, Electricity, Acoustics and more.
For CSE specifically, I enrolled in the CSE Bootcamp, studied David Doucette’s CSE Prep, and skimmed through Woo’s study guide and questions.
To digest and organize the information, I found that graphically translating the material would connect the information both visually and mentally. My memory no longer needed to shuffle all the information coming through, but instead was able to construct the connections between each concept.
My classmates found my notes extremely beneficial once some knowledge was already established regarding the content of the exam. It helped teach, double check, and reinforce their knowledge on multiple subjects as they studied through the months, and was a well-rounded resource to review prior to taking the exam. I spent months organizing and reorganizing these notes not only for my benefit, but for those who are in the same boat, trying to obtain their architecture license.
Please remember these architecture exam notes are purchased and should not be sent to others. However, if you do find these notes beneficial, please go ahead and spread the word, it would be greatly appreciated!