“Structural Systems ARE Mock Exam” has been published!

SS_Mock_LSI_Front_Cover-300Many readers ask about this book. Your wait is over!

Here is more info:

Structural Systems ARE Mock Exam (SS of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN: 9781612650012

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A Practical Guide & Mock Exam for the Structural Systems (SS) Division of the ARE!


Every July, NCARB begins to recreate the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) questions based on a new guide and scope. We always incorporate this latest information into our books.

To become a licensed architect, you need to have a proper combination of education and/or experience, meet your Board of Architecture’s special requirements, and pass all seven divisions of ARE.

This book provides an ARE exam overview, suggested reference and resource links, exam prep and exam taking techniques, tips and guides, and a realistic and complete mock exam with solutions and explanations for the Structural Systems (SS) Division of the ARE. More specifically this book covers the following subjects:

  • ARE, IDP, and education requirements
  • ARE exam content, format, and prep strategies
  • the design and construction of buildings
  • general structures
  • seismic forces
  • wind forces
  • lateral forces
  • principles (building design; the implications of design decisions; building systems and their integration)
  • materials & technology (construction materials, construction details, and constructability)
  • codes & regulations (government and regulatory requirements and permit processes)
  • concrete, steel, and wood structures
  • foundation systems
  • connections
  • famous engineers and structures
  • statics and strength of materials
  • structural and truss analysis
  • retaining walls and other walls
  • two graphic vignettes with step-by-step solutions using the NCARB practice program software
  • instructions on installing alternate dwg files for use with NCARB software
  • instructions on saving and installing various solution files for use with NCARB software

The mock exam includes 125 challenging questions of the same difficulty level and format as the real exam (multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, and fill-in-the-blank), as well as two graphic vignettes. It will help you pass the SS division of the ARE and become a licensed architect!



Can you study and pass the ARE Structural Systems (SS) Exam in 2 weeks?

The answer is yes:  IF you study the right materials, you can pass with 2 weeks of prep.

If you study our book, “Structural Systems ARE Mock Exam,” you have an excellent chance of studying and passing the ARE Structural Systems (SS) Exam in 2 weeks. We have added many tips and tricks that WILL help you pass the exam on your first try. Our goal is to take a very complicated subject and make it simple. ” ARE Structural Systems (SS) Exam ” will save you time and money and help you pass the exam on the first try!




About the author


Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guides series, which includes one guidebook for each of the LEED exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

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