Frequently Asked Questions
about AREQuestions (AQ)
What is AREQuestions.com?
AREQuestions.com is an online platform founded by architect Elif Bayram in 2020. It provides high-quality and affordable practice questions and video lectures for architectural workers studying for NCARB Architectural Registration Exams.
Why should I use AQ materials?
Quality: Every question and video lecture on this platform is designed to make you learn the content. Not to memorize or make you study passively. The more actively you are involved in the learning process, the more information you retain. This is why I provide detailed explanations for each question accompanied by a reference to a book, section, and chapter. Most of these reference materials are the books recommended by NCARB in the ARE 5.0 Guidelines Reference Matrix. When you study my questions and watch my videos, you will be able to verify every piece of information you are given and explore all of them in depth by visiting these reference materials.
The Best Practice Questions: According to many users, my questions are the best practice question in the market. Check out the reviews on ARE Facebook Forum, NCARB's ARE Community, and this website. If you solve all the questions and read all the recommended chapters under each question, you will see the result as many people did.
Affordability is an essential part of this platform. I do my best to keep all my materials as affordable as possible. I continuously pay for all the technical infrastructure and workforce every month, but I still keep my questions one-time payment. Even after reaching almost 8,000 subscribers and receiving fantastic feedback, I never thought to switch my questions to an expensive monthly subscription product because my goal is much more ambitious than getting rich. LOL! I want to make a substantial change in this industry. I know how overworked and underpaid architectural workers are. It is even harder for parents, women, new graduates with student debt, students, and immigrant architects. Getting licensed can be very empowering and a solution to accessing better-paying jobs or self-employment. If I can help and encourage you to get licensed, we all can get stronger and ask for better work conditions. With this in mind, I think selling expensive study materials creates inequality and lowers people's chances of breaking this cycle.
Approachability is also something I work on very hard every day. I respond to every email or inquiry as fast as possible, even on Sundays or at night. I answer every ARE candidate's questions without asking if they are a paid customer. I also set up a free phone/Zoom call if I can be more helpful. Please use the Contact page if you have any questions or need support in your ARE journey.
Reviews: My practice materials have great reviews on ARE Facebook Forum, NCARB's ARE Community, and this website. If you solve all the questions and read all the recommended chapters under each question, you will see the result as many people did.
What products do you offer?
AQ has practice questions for 5 of the 6 NCARB Architectural Registration Exams. These are PCM, PJM, PA, PPD, and PDD exams. In addition to these question bundles, I have a question bundle called All About ADA, which has questions that will help you learn basic ADA dimensions. This bundle can be used for everyone studying for PA, PPD, and PDD exams. I don’t have questions for the CE exam. I also have 9 hours long Video Lectures that cover some of the most challenging technical content like structures, environment, and sustainability. Before each lecture, you are given a list of chapters and sections you need to study, and after each lecture, you are asked to solve an 8 to 10 questions quiz. These quizzes differ from the quizzes you find in PA, PPD, and PDD bundles.
Why don’t you advertise your website?
My questions became famous organically. Word of mouth was (and still is) my original advertisement method. As I progressed, many people suggested I spend money on professional advertisements. But this also meant added cost to the products and users. So to keep my questions affordable, I decided not to spend money on ads. Yes, this might not be the “best” business approach, but it is how I continue to love what I do. I don’t feel comfortable adding these fees to the products and charging people to make up for it. So, I trust you so we can all keep these affordable for our fellow architects. Please tell a friend if you liked my materials so everyone can benefit from them at affordable rates.
Do you offer free sample questions or videos?
Yes, I do. Please visit the homepage and scroll down to see free sample questions for each question bundle. They have a Free tag on them. You can watch a free sample of my video lectures on the Video Courses page too.
Do I need the questions or video lectures, or both?
It would not be wise to compare videos to questions because they are two different study tools. The videos provide a list of study references before each lecture. During the course, I ask additional questions and solve them to teach the content. Following each video lecture, there is a quiz I want you to solve to solidify the information. For now, the videos only cover some of the technical content asked in the PA, PPD, PDD, and maybe for CE exams. My goal is to cover all technical content eventually. I don’t recommend video lectures for the PCM and PJM exams yet. Please visit the Video Courses page to find the table of video contents, and remember that video courses are monthly subscription.
Use all of the question bundles to support your study efforts. They are very comprehensive and cover almost all of the content NCARB asks for each exam. There is a lot of overlap between the six exams, so you should purchase all question bundles to study all six exams. No matter what book you study, solving thousands of questions for each exam would be best. Practising correctly is necessary to pass any standardized test.
Do you offer discounts?
When you buy multiple bundles, the price goes down. Please check out the ARE prep materials page to see the discounted bundles.
Do you have questions for the CE exam?
No, I don’t. However, you can use PJM and PCM questions to study CE too. I recommend studying for PJM, PCM, and CE together and using their questions interchangeably. Also, I receive regular feedback regarding how my PJM and PCM questions helped people to pass CE too.
Do you have a Youtube Channel?
Yes. I have some helpful videos there. Subscribe here!
Do you offer discounts for AIA Chapters?
Yes, I offer special pricing for AIA chapters. Please get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Do you offer group discounts?
No, I don’t offer group discounts right now.
How can I access the materials?
All materials on this website are accessed online. No book, printed pdf, or physical material will be sent to you after you purchase. To access all virtual materials, including free ones, you need to create an account. Once you create an account, you will receive an email asking you to set a password. Please follow the instructions and create a password. Save your login credentials because you will use them to access materials on the platform. You can create an account HERE and start enjoying the materials.
Do I pay once or monthly?
For all question bundles, the payment is one-time only. However, every 12 months, your access to questions will require renewal. After 12 months, I request that you submit proof that you are still testing to protect my intellectual property. Once I receive your request and proof, I can renew your access with no additional charge. If you lose access after one year but still testing, please use the contact form and submit the screenshot of your NCARB page showing that you are still testing. Please hide your personal information on the NCARB page screenshot. I will reassign you the question bundle(s) following your email with no additional payment.
Access to Video Lectures is a monthly subscription. Currently, they are only $15/month.
I enrolled; what is next?
Congratulations! Your access to practice materials started. Please carefully read all the instructions in the payment confirmation email and watch this video tutorial to see how to access questions.
No, please don’t share your login credentials with anyone. It is illegal to do so. I keep my prices affordable to be as considerate and inclusive as possible. My profit margin is very reasonable. But if people keep sharing their access with friends, I may not be able to sustain this business and close the shop.
No. Please don’t share your screen during any study session, online or in person.
I forgot when I purchased or what I purchased.
No worries. Login to your account, visit the account page and view your purchases under the Order tab. Watch this short clip if you need further help.
What is the expiration date of my question bundle?
Let’s be clear first. You only pay for question bundles once. But they have to be renewed every 12 months, and you can check your expiration date as shown in this short clip.
How do I cancel my video subscription?
You can cancel your subscription anytime you want. Visit your dashboard and click on the Account tab. Under your account, you will find another tab named Video subscriptions. Click on it, and you can control your subscription preferences under this tab.
Do I need to wait for your approval after I complete my purchase?
No. You don’t need to wait for my manual approval. Your access to practice materials starts right after your payment is processed. You will receive an email confirming your purchase. Please read it carefully and watch the video tutorial above to see how to access the materials after your purchase is processed.
I forgot my password.
No worries, visit the Sign In page and click the Forgot Password link below.
How can I mark a quiz complete?
You will be able to mark a quiz as complete once you perform 80% and higher. At the end of a quiz, if you achieve 80% and higher and want to mark it as complete, click the Click Here to Continue button, as shown below.
How can I toggle between quizzes?
The quiz dashboard is very user-friendly. A list of quizzes in the bundle you are working on is listed in the list on the left of the screen. Once you submit a quiz, if you don’t want to review your answers, click on the next quiz in the list.
How can I mark a video lecture complete/incomplete?
Once you finish watching a video lecture, it automatically gets marked as complete. If you want to keep a video incomplete, even after finishing it once, you can always click the Mark Incomplete button as shown below and change the status to incomplete.
How can I review previously taken quizzes?
Please watch this quick video tutorial to see how to access previously submitted quizzes.
Can I save and resume my Quizzes / Mock Exams?
Yes, you can. Every time you answer and check a question, the system automatically saves your answer. Next time you start the same quiz (or mock exam), you will see the questions you already answered marked as answered. To restart the quiz, you must first click on Quiz Summary (yellow button in the upper right corner) and then click the Finish Quiz button. After this, if you go into the same quiz again, no questions will be marked as answered and saved. It will be as if you take it the first time.
Why does the question order change every time I restart a quiz?
The questions in all quizzes and mock exams shuffle each time you restart a quiz. This is to prevent you from memorizing the answers in order.
I have a question about one of the questions.
Please take a screenshot of the question you need further explanation and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer private tutoring or coaching?
Sorry, but I don’t. Because private tutoring would be a costly offer, instead, I decided to create video lectures to answer this demand. This way, you can watch lectures at your convenience for a meagre cost, and I can offer my services to all candidates rather than to a very exclusive group.
Do you offer firm discounts?
Yes. Please continue reading to find out the details of the firm discount.
How does firm discount work?
- Firm deals are annual memberships.
- The firm pays for one year upfront. I am sure you will like the materials; however, if you don’t, you can cancel within the calendar 30 days after your purchase, and I will fully refund your one-year payment.
- This discount works for employees who work for the same firm. Any number of licenses can be provided to your firm. The licenses can be assigned to any user account created with their company email. The firm purchases and owns all of the licenses, not the employees. If any employee stops testing or working with the office, their license can be transferred to another employee. If there is a change in the number of licenses at the end of the year, the price will be adjusted on the following year's payment.
- Once the payment is processed and the list of employee accounts with their company emails is provided, access to all materials will start. The process typically takes one (1) business day. I will notify all users once their access is initiated.
- The firm purchases and owns all of the licenses, not the employees. If any employee stops testing or working with the office, their license can be transferred to another employee.
What does the firm discount cover?
Is firm membership a one-time payment?
No, firm deals are annual memberships. However, the cost is significantly reduced. Please find discounted prices below.
1 – 5 licenses = $130 per license per year.
6 – 10 licenses = $120 per license per year.
11 – 20 licenses = $110 per license per year.
21 and more licenses = $100 per license per year.
Let's do some math to see your savings;
If your firm gets 4 licenses, you will pay $520 per year for all four employees.
An average test taker spends around 2.7 years to complete their exams.
Please keep in mind that the regular price of everything included in this deal, plus 2 years of video lecture membership for a single user, is $550.
If your four employees stay on this deal for two years, the company will only pay $1040 in total for all 4 of them. However, if your employees purchased on their own, they would pay $2200 in sum instead, which is more than twice.
How to renew the firm license
Firm deals are annual memberships. Upon arriving at the end of the year, I will check in with the contact person in your office to see if there has been a change in the total number of licenses and forward the new invoice accordingly.