about me and the questions

Hello! My name is Elif. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York, with my husband and my 5-year-old daughter. I spent almost two years and approximately TEN thousand dollars to pass six exams in ARE 5.0.

Since 6, I have been studying for some standardized tests. From elementary school all the way to AREs, there has always been a standardized test that I was supposed to pass! So when I heard about AREs, (back in Turkey after I learned that we won the green-card lottery), I thought it was just another set of exams that I had to pass. After all, I was methodical and experienced when it came to testing, right..? Well, not for AREs…

When it came to testing, my most effective strategy was to take as many questions as I can until I learn the content. I am talking about tens of thousands of questions here. However, once I started studying for ARE 5.0, I noticed there were not enough questions in the market, not even close to what I was used to.  So I decided to write my own questions all the way from PjM to PDD. I  based all the questions on the NCARB ARE 5.0 Handbook Reference Matrix. I never thought I would share them with other people, but here we are… My great friends who had studied with me saw the questions and gave me this idea. So after passing my last exam in December 2019, I first started “fixing” the questions in my PPD, PDD, and PA folders. I edited every question to have a feedback that links the explanation to a study material so you can read about the content further. This way, each question becomes a study tool that hopefully helps you to pass the exams.

I am still working on new content/questions daily and will publish more and more as I go…  So please stay tuned and leave me a message if you have any further questions.

Elif Bayram, AIA, NCARB