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Pass the ARE® on your first try

ARE 5.0 study materials that guarantee licensure candidates pass the ARE on the first try.
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Learning tools for every study style

Choose one of our three subscription tiersfrom just the basics to all-inclusive. Your subscription access begins immediately, so once you complete your purchase you can get started studying right away. Based on the plan you choose, you'll get access to a variety of different study materials, like: 

Practice exams

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Test your knowledge

Put what you've learned to the test with our practice exams. We format our practice exams to exactly match the look and feel of the real ARE®, so you'll feel totally prepared come exam day.

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Study guides

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Set a study schedule

See your upcoming month laid out with our recommendation for what to study each day. Plus, get expert study and self-care tips to help prepare you for exam day. 

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Video lectures

Video Lectures

World-class video lectures at your fingertips

Watch or listen to video lectures on your own schedule. Our on-demand content makes it easy for you to study whenever, wherever—so you can create a study plan that works for you. 

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Practical applications

Practical Application

Apply what you've learned

Practical application videos take the theories you've been learning and put them into practice. See how concepts translate into real life—and into real structures.

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Digital flashcards

Flash Cards

Practice till it's perfect

Use digital flashcards to memorize concepts, terms, and more. Mastered our existing library? Create custom flashcards for areas or ideas you want a little extra help with.

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Virtual workshops

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Take advantage of hands-on learning

You shouldn't have to study alone. Each week, a licensed architect coach hosts a live virtual workshop to walk through tough problems and answer your questions—all in a group setting. 

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Practice Exams Image

Test your knowledge

Put what you've learned to the test with our practice exams. We format our practice exams to exactly match the look and feel of the real ARE®, so you'll feel totally prepared come exam day.

Included in the following subscriptions:
Expert Tier Membership Icons
Study Guides-2

Set a study schedule

See your upcoming month laid out with our recommendation for what to study each day. Plus, get expert study and self-care tips to help prepare you for exam day. 

Included in the following subscriptions:
Pro tier membership icons
Video Lectures

World-class video lectures at your fingertips

Watch or listen to video lectures on your own schedule. Our on-demand content makes it easy for you to study whenever, wherever—so you can create a study plan that works for you. 

Included in the following subscriptions:
Expert Tier Membership Icons
 

 

Practical Application

Apply what you've learned

Practical application videos take the theories you've been learning and put them into practice. See how concepts translate into real life—and into real structures.

Included in the following subscriptions:
Pro tier membership icons

 

Flash Cards

Practice till it's perfect

Use digital flashcards to memorize concepts, terms, and more. Mastered our existing library? Create custom flashcards for areas or ideas you want a little extra help with.

Included in the following subscriptions:
Pro tier membership icons
Virtual Workshops Image

Take advantage of hands-on learning

You shouldn't have to study alone. Each week, a licensed architect coach hosts a live virtual workshop to walk through tough problems and answer your questions—all in a group setting. 

Included in the following subscriptions:
Expert tier membership icons-2

 

Give yourself the best chance to pass the ARE the first time

Black Spectacles members report passing ARE 5.0 at a 20% higher rate than the NCARB average.

ARE 5.0
Pass Rates

Black Spectacles Members
NCARB National Avg

 75%

 55%

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Join a thriving ARE community

Preparing for the ARE is a huge undertaking—and you shouldn't have to prepare alone. Get support, guidance, advice, and study tips in our community from licensed architects and your peers who know exactly what you're going through. 

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Frequently asked questions

Which ARE division should I start with?

Everyone learns differently, so to make this decision, we advise you to become familiar with the NCARB Guidelines and to listen to our ARE Live episode on ARE testing order and strategy.

Do you offer a free trial?

While we do not have a free trial for our ARE 5.0 prep, you can watch select Video Lectures for free in the Preview Dashboard.

After my purchase is complete, when does my access to the study material start?

Your access will begin immediately after your purchase, so you can get started right away. Access cannot be delayed or paused.

Can I upgrade my subscription after trying it out for a few weeks?

Yes! You can upgrade at any time through your member profile. You’ll only be charged for upgrading the remaining time in the current billing period.

Is there direct 1-1 help available, like private tutors?

While we do not offer individual tutoring, we invite all members to utilize the ARE Community for additional study help. Our ARE Community is designed for members and architects to respond to each other organically on all things ARE.

Can I buy a subscription for a single ARE division?

Subscription tiers always include access to study content for all 6 divisions at no extra cost. We do not sell subscriptions for a single ARE division.

Will my study history be saved if I cancel my subscription and come back later?

Yes! All of your study progress and account information is saved. When you’re ready to tackle your next exam, sign in and purchase a new subscription. You’ll be able to continue where you left off.

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