Hello and Welcome to AreQuestions!

My name is Elif. My ARE journey started a while ago, and it took me almost 2 years to pass all of the ARE 5.0 exams. It was one of the most challenging experiences of my lifetime. While studying, I felt the need for more practice questions, but the options were either limited or too expensive. So I decided to write my own questions while studying and, in fact, shared them with a lot of friends for free along the way. After I passed, I kept receiving emails from people who wanted access to my questions. The word was spreading fast. So I had to do something to be able to share them with everyone. And I decided to create this web site. I am glad to see you here and truly hope these questions help the ARE community pass their exams.


Access to all quiz bundles is a ONE-TIME payment, NOT subscription-based. HOWEVER, once you purchase, you will have access to the questions for 12 months at a time. Once your access expires, send me an email with the screenshot of your NCARB record (hide your account information before you send, please) showing that you are still testing so I can reinstate your access for another year, for free. As long as you are testing, you will have access to the questions, and you will never need to pay again to reinstate your access. 

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how do I read score reports

*** This post has been updated as per new PSI Score Reports. Please read the post carefully and watch the video below to see how to use the new calculator.  I feel like the ARE community needs to know how they performed after their tests. But unfortunately, NCARB still holds

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What is New? Final ARE 5.0 Guidelines (PSI)

A few hours ago, NCARB released the final ARE 5.0 Guidelines for testing with PSI, and I wanted to analyze the changes for the study materials. Let’s take a look at them together… First of all, Deleted Materials Architectural Acoustics Daylighting Handbook  Framework for Design Excellence The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable

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NCARB ARE 5.0 Reference Matrix with Links

If you read any of my blog posts or comments on ARE Facebook Group or on NCARB ARE Forum, you know that I am a big fan of reading the reference material specified by NCARB in the 5.0 Handbook. And my favorite portion of the Handbook is the Reference Matrix

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how did I finally pass PPD, the loose cannon…?

After almost 9 months of studying, I finally passed PPD on my second try. As you know, the pass rates are the lowest for this exam, which makes it objectively the hardest of all 6 exams. So, I want to start with: why the PPD is the hardest? The guidelines

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how to pass PDD ?

After almost 9 months of studying in total, I finally passed PDD on my third try!!! PDD is the only exam that I had to take up three times!  but why..? I am sure you know by now that none of the ARE exams are easy. But I think I

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advices to succeed at standardized tests

Standardized tests are reality of life and like I said in my earlier posts, I had my fair share of being tested throughout my life.  I failed and passed many times, made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot about them. I consider myself as a good test-taker now,

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register for webinars!

I don’t want this website to be only “a quiz-taking” website. The more we engage, the higher the chances for you guys to pass! So I decided to host regular webinars to focus on a topic, a book, or some study techniques. It doesn’t matter if you already purchased the questions or not; anyone can join the webinars. Some of these events will be free, and some will have a fee depending on the demand.

Below please find the calendar for upcoming Webinars and register ahead of time! And, if you are not going to make it, cancel your registration to open up room for people who can actually make it.

See you there!