I'd recommend the Black Spectacles ARE exam prep system to anyone who is looking for a study system to prepare for the ARE
Review by Knup Esdras3 weeks ago
I'd recommend the Black Spectacles ARE exam prep system to anyone who is looking for a study system to prepare for the ARE. I used all the available tools and passed my 2 remaining exams on my first attempt after going through everything that was available.
Review by Kairine1 month ago
If you are pursuing architectural licensure this is an excellent way of doing so!!!!!! The exam simulation is an excellent and valuable resource for matching the actual intensity of the exam itself. I highly recommend black spectacles if you want to successfully complete the architectural license exams.
Review by Danaluwho1 month ago
The perfect resources for getting me through the AREs.
Review by Shuky Derrow1 month ago
The Exam Simulator was like the real thing
Review by Faiaz Minchael2 months ago
Black spectacles gave me the extra push I needed to complete the ARE!
I began the process feeling relatively comfortable reviewing the primary resources NCARB suggests on my own. I actually started with PA last march (2018) then, took PPD & PDD last fall, and CE in the spring of 2019- passing each on my first attempt...
I then failed my first attempt of PCM earlier this year and when I returned to my studies in August I invested in to black spectacles product for the additional preparation, which worked! I passed PCM in October and passed PJM Dec 02. I am thrilled to be on the other side of this process.
Knowing what I know now, personally I would recommend using the videos in the early stages of preparation for the exams you feel least comfortable with, based on your experience. If you do not 100% feel comfortable with a topic that is being discussed in the videos, do some research on it on your own. Delve into some primary material suggested in the ARE handbook, and spend a few days becoming an expert at it, and then move on.
Use the practice exams in the weeks leading up to your actual test to gauge your pace and overall understanding of what types of questions may be asked. Seams like an average in the high 70s- low 80’s between the 3 practice tests means you have a good shot at a pass on the actual test day.
Most importantly, spend most time on reviewing the exams than taking them. That’s where I really learned the most from this product. Find your weaknesses, work at that, and good luck.
Review by Mouhamadoul2 months ago
The best source currently available that will take you across the line.
Review by CDKeysSucks Loest2 months ago
Thank your for the practice tests! They were most helpful in the process because I felt the breadth of material tested was well summed up in your practice tests.
I will say, however, that I got the same question twice and maybe 3 times (Not the randomized test—in one or two of the original tests, 1-3), which I was not excited about. We pay a lot for this program! Please fix that for future users.
Review by Edvina Homeier2 months ago
I would highly recommend this program. They have a vast amount of focused information in a format that is both easy to digest, as well as convenient to use. I can say that if it were not for the information provided by Black Spectacles, I don't think I would have been able to prepare myself as well as I did for the ARE exams. Some slight distractions in life threw me off course a bit, but after finding my way back, and finding this program, I was able to properly prepare myself and pass my last tests on my first attempts.
Review by Daewoon3 months ago
Four months of studying using Black Spectacles and reference materials; less that three months from first to last exam; and all exams were
passed on the first try. I give thanks to God for helping me retain the information studied after being out of Architecture for seven years and to Black Spectacles for an excellent curriculum!!
Review by Braid Moseyko3 months ago
Black Specs was extremely helpful in preparing to pass the ARE 5.0 exams. I used the service in passing all six exam sections. And I have no formal architectural education, so that is really saying something. To be clear, Black Specs was not my only resource. I recommend supplementing with other test prep books and study materials to gain an in-depth knowledge of the topics needed to pass the exams. In my opinion, the flash cards and practice exams are the most useful tools offered by Black Spectacles. By introducing you to a plethora of terminology and concepts, the flash cards give you a chance to answer test questions correctly, even if you don't happen to be well versed in that particular subject area. The Practice Exams are a very accurate representation of the ARE 5.0. I consistently felt like my Practice Exam scores were a proper gauge of my test readiness. On top of that, Black Specs now offers (3) totally unique test forms for each ARE division. If you are affected by test anxiety, the best solution is repeated practice. I would encourage you take the practice tests seriously. Closed book, scratch paper only, block out distractions, phone, etc. When the time comes to take the actual test, you can be calm and relaxed because you've already been through the process multiple times. I didn't find the video content quite as useful, mainly because I felt like they touched briefly on many topics, but failed to go into adequate detail for some of the subject matter. One nice feature though is that the video player allows you watch in x1.25, x1.5, or x2 speed, so you can get through them a little faster if you can keep up. Still, if you have the time, I'd recommend watching the video content to introduce you to topics you're not familiar with.
Review by Dagaraga3 months ago
Black Spectacles is fantastic and was a major major help in getting me through 5 of the 6 exams. I have one left to go. Black Spectacles and the primary sources listed in the Ncarb ARE handbook are the only things I used to study. The videos were a great clarifier in the material you’ll be tested on. I highly recommend investing in the Premium access for the practice exams - they imitate the very format of the ncarb exam. I took them over and and over again to practice. Many of the questions were near or almost the same what I was tested in.
When signing up it was hard at first to justify the membership cost. However given the exams are $235 each, not passing one is the equivalent of 1.5 months of B. Specs. Well worth it, and also well worth feeling that there was support in navigating very challenging and mystifying licensure exams.
Review by Westerwälder3 months ago
I cannot fully express the degree to which this curriculum has improved my day to day proficiency at the office. Not only am I more confident to pursue licensure, but I'm also more confident in my everyday quality of work because I can see my growth already; I've been subscribed for less than two months and in that time I've experienced a fidelity of concepts between the curriculum (the lectures, practice tests, and flashcards), to my working knowledge and decision making in our Architectural practice. I have no doubt that the time and resources that I've dedicated to my studies will serve me well beyond licensure. Black Spectacles has distilled a great deal of information and experience into a practicable tutoring service that *will* help you, licensure or not.
Review by Alebu3 months ago
Black Spectacles its okey
Review by Endlessrain Sharaireh4 months ago
I took my first exam based on books/google/notes... and failed. A friend mentioned Black Spectacles so I thought why not. Lectures are a great starting point but you should study up more and I LOVE the practice exams. They look JUST like the real thing and helps me get mentally prepared for test day. I’ve subscribed before my last 4 exams and passed them all on the first try! I’ll be using Black Spectacles for me last 2! Recommend it!
Review by AlRamani4 months ago
Black Spectacles practice exams are a great resource for studying. Though it is definately not the cheapest, it is worth it (just keep actually using it and taking practice exams). The formatting is so similar to the test that it can help you familiarize yourself with all of the tools, resources, and types of questions. It also helps with test anxiety as the real test looks so similar to what you have been studying.
Review by Veerpalkaur4 months ago
Black Spectacles was very clearly the resource I needed to pass my ARE’s. The practice tests are a mostly accurate representation of the real test, and it is great that there are 3 tests from each division. I didn’t make much use of the flash cards or games, but they were available had I wanted to. I had a few qualms with some formatting and content: The calculator was a little different, some of the resources were images, not searchable text, autocorrect made “sf” “Sq. Ft.” So they had “tranSq. Ft.er” when they meant “Transfer”. There were also a few content errors (the minimum tread depth is 11” not 7”—that’s max. riser height, folks!) I would absolutely recommend Black Spectacles to anyone who is taking the ARE’s—I did pass all 6 divisions in 41 days, so that result speaks to its success!
Review by Limeblossom4 months ago
Most comprehensive and easy to digest materials out there. Excellent customer service.
Review by Chartan4 months ago
Black Spectacles is a great resource for anyone looking to complete the ARE. Their study resources, videos, flashcards and schedules are extremely thorough and helpful. Their coaching program is very professional and well organized. In addition, Black Spectacles has great learning videos on digital design software to improve everyone's skills.
Review by Pazzdi4 months ago
Black Spectacles was the most accurate study guide I used compared to the actual AREs. The videos and practice tests covered relevant information to not only the tests but my experience with the practice of Architecture as well. Excellent, accurate, and affordable. Money and time well spent.
Review by BethanyAlice Ssekibaamu5 months ago
I think the lecture and the tests are excellent. Although it took almost twice as long for me to really understand the contents because English is my second language, the lectures helped me understand the concept well and taught me how to deal with the problems as an architect. I believe I could pass the ARE because I took the lectures and the tests very seriously and thoroughly.
Review by Oscarworthy5 months ago
5 STARS!!! I passed the ARE using Black Spectacles almost exclusively.This program is hands-down the most helpful for passing the ARE 5.0. Their content is explained very clearly, but eben better than that is how it is organized. The way it is organized, as well as the study tools it offers, are designed to help you understand NCARB's priorities, so you can answer questions about content that maybe you had never seen befofe the real test. Their practice exams are the most important tool in preparing for the actual exams. I have recommended them to everyone I know who is trying to pass the ARE 5.0!
Review by SarahGisborne5 months ago
Excellent resource for candidates studying for Architectural Licensing Exams. Highly recommend!
Review by Marielee5 months ago
My experience with Black Spectacles has run the gamut, from first being an ARE candidate and using Black Spectacles to help me pass my exams to now being a coach in the ARE prep groups. On both sides, Black Spectacles has been an invaluable resource to me - from the initial studying to the now constant reinforcing of the information I now get from being a coach. It is a great resource and highly recommended.
Review by MsDime5 months ago
Real content written by real architects. Video learning approaches learning at a whole new level. It’s self-guided and accessible anywhere. The exams mimic the real ones and have lots of questions to pull from so you’re not studying from the same exam. Customer service is willing to listen and wants to help. It’s an engaged pro-YOU company.