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Architectural Registration Examination Guide

A resource guide for IPAL students and alumni pursuing licensure.

Black Spectacles

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The NCARB ARE 5.0 Handbook

A short read, this book is definitely worth the time. In a few pages per exam, it covers exactly what is included down to the percentage of each topic on each exam.  A couple of sample questions give you a feel for the type of questions on the tests. Download a pdf version here. 


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