Can you study and pass the California Supplemental Exam (CSE) in 2 weeks?

March 13, 2014

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

If you study our book, “Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam),” you have an excellent chance of studying and passing the California Supplemental Exam (CSE) 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. “Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam)” will save you time and money and help you pass the exam on the first try!

 

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“Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam)” has been published!

March 13, 2014

 

9781612650159_FrontCover_600Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam): CSE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, General Section and Project Scenario Section, Questions, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN: 9781612650159

 

It is available at:

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Synopsis

 

A Practical Guide and Mock Exam for the California Supplemental Exam (CSE)!

 

To become a licensed architect in California, you need to have a proper combination of education and/or experience, meet the special requirements of the California Architect Board (CAB), pass all seven divisions of the ARE, and pass the California Supplemental Exam (CSE).

This book provides an ARE and CSE 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 California Supplemental Exam (CSE). More specifically this book covers the following subjects:

  1. ARE, IDP, and education requirements
  2. ARE and CSE exam content, format, prep strategies, and exam taking tips
  3. the CSE project scenario section
  4. the CSE general section
  5. context and pre-design
  6. regulatory issues: California state laws, code, regulations, and standards; other laws, codes, regulations, standards, agencies, and entitlements
  7. management and design
  8. construction
  9. CSE reference materials (official CAB reference materials plus additional critical materials)

This book includes 120 challenging multiple-choice questions of the same difficulty level and format as the real exam. It will help you pass the CSE and become a licensed architect in California!

 

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 exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

If AREForum is down again…

January 13, 2014

If AREForum.org is down again, you can use this forum as an alternate:

http://www.GeeForum.com/

It has all the functions of AREForum.org, and has more options.

Our unique feature: We have not only ARE Forums, but LEED forums as well.

I think LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends of development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.

In fact, NCARB has quietly incorporated a lot of LEED content into EACH of the ARE division without using the term LEED. Just read the scope of exam for each ARE division, and you’ll know.

Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (http://GreenExamEducation.com/)

We have moved all our forums to GeeForum.com

December 29, 2013

We have moved all our forums to GeeForums.com

http://geeforum.com/

Gee or GEE means GreenExamEducation.com. That is how we form the forum name:

GeeForum.com

It is a better service for all our members and you can post photos or jpeg files of your vignettes for other users’ review. It includes ARE Exams Forums, LEED Forums, Music Forum, Off-Topic Forum, Market Place and various sub-forums.

Please sign up/register for a free account. We give out free review books to registered users at GeeForum.com every now and then. If you have friends and co-workers who are taking ARE exams or LEED exams or are interested in music, please help us spread the word and let them know about GeeForum.com and encourage them to sign up.

We have found forums to be a very valuable tool and platform to connect with your customers: you have start a thread, and have in-depth discussion about a subject; you can easily organize the topics and search what you are looking for easily.

A forum is interactive and is much more effective than a mailing list.

Please note GeeForum.com is paid for and sponsored by GreenExamEducation.com.

“Structural Systems ARE Mock Exam” has been published!

September 13, 2013

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

It is available at:

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

Synopsis

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

“Site Planning & Design ARE Mock Exam” has been published!

December 24, 2012

SPD_Mock_CS_eBook_FrontCover600

It is already available at Amazon.com, and will be available on bn.com soon.

 

Here is more info:

 

“Site Planning & Design ARE Mock Exam (SPD of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations”

ISBN-13:  9781612650111

 

It is available at:

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

 

Synopsis

 

A Practical Guide & Mock Exam for the Site Planning & Design (SPD) 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 Site Planning & Design (SPD) Division of the ARE. More specifically this book covers the following subjects:

  1. ARE, IDP, and Education Requirements
  2. ARE Exam Content, Format, and Prep Strategies
  3. Principles
  4. Codes and Regulations
  5. Environmental, Social & Economic Issues
  6. Materials & Technology
  7. Project & Practice Management
  8. Site Grading
  9. Site Design
  10. Four Graphic Vignettes with Step-By-Step Solutions Using the NCARB Practice Program Software
  11. Instructions on Installing Alternate dwg Files for Use with NCARB Software
  12. Instructions on Saving and Installing Various Solution Files for Use with NCARB Software

The mock exam includes 65 challenging questions of the same difficulty level and format as the real exam (multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, and fill-in-the-blank), and four graphic vignettes solutions. This book will help you pass the SPD division of the ARE and become a licensed architect!

 

 

Can you study and pass the ARE Site Planning & Design (SPD) Exam in 2 weeks?

The answer is yes IF you study the right materials: If you have ZERO experience but read the right materials, you can pass with 2 weeks of prep.

If you study our book, “Site Planning & Design ARE Mock Exam,” you have an excellent chance of studying and passing the ARE Site Planning & Design (SPD) 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. “Site Planning & Design ARE Mock Exam” will save you time and money and help you pass the exam on the first try!

 

 

ARE Mock Exam series by ArchiteG, Inc.

Time and effort is the most valuable asset of a candidate. How to cherish and effectively use your limited time and effort is the key of passing any exam. That is why we publish the ARE Mock Exam series to help you to study and pass the ARE exams in the shortest time possible. We have done the hard work so that you can save time and money. We do not want to make you work harder than you have to.

Do not force yourself to memorize many numbers. Read through the numbers a few times, and you should have a very good impression of them.

You need to make the judgment call: If you miss a few numbers, you can still pass the exam, but if you spend too much time drilling these numbers, you may miss the big pictures and fail the exam.

The official NCARB sample MC questions have no explanations, and the official NCARB sample vignettes have no step-by-stepsolutions. The existing ARE practice questions or exams by others are either way too easy or way over-killed. They do NOT match the real ARE exams at all.

We have done very comprehensive research on the official NCARB guides, many related websites, reference materials, and other available ARE exam prep materials. We match our mock exams vignettesquestions as close as possible to the NCARB samples and the real ARE exams instead. Some readers had failed an ARE exam two or three times before, and they eventually passed the exam with our help.

All our books include a step-by-stepsolution to each of the NCARB sample vignette with screenshots and related NCARB software commands, a complete set of MC questions (except for the SD AREmock exam) and vignettes matching the real ARE exams, including number of questions, format, type of questions, etc. We also include detailed answers and explanations to our MC questions, and a step-by-step solution to each of the mock vignettes with screenshots and related NCARB software commands. Our DWG files for our mock exam vignettes can also be installed and used with the NCARB software.

There is some extra information on AREoverviews and exam-taking tips in Chapter One. This is based on NCARB AND other valuable sources. This is a bonus feature we included in each book because we want our readers to be able to buy our ARE mock exam books together or individually. We want you to find all necessary ARE exam information and resources at one place and through our books.

All our books are available at

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com/

 

 

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 www.GreenExamEducation.com

ARE Mock Exam series by ArchiteG, Inc.

September 20, 2012

Time and effort is the most valuable asset of a candidate. How to cherish and effectively use your limited time and effort is the key of passing any exam. That is why we publish the ARE Mock Exam series to help you to study and pass the ARE exams in the shortest time possible. We have done the hard work so that you can save time. We do not want to make you work harder than you have to.

 

Do not force yourself to memorize a lot of numbers. Read through the numbers a few times, and you should have a very good impression of them.

 

You need to make the judgment call: If you miss a few numbers, you can still pass the exam, but if you spend too much time drilling these numbers, you may miss out on the big pictures and fail the exam.

 

We have done very comprehensive research on the official NCARB guides, many related websites, reference materials, and ARE exam prep materials by our competitors. We intentionally make our mock exams easier than some of our competitors’, and match our questions as close as possible to the NCARB samples and the real ARE exams instead. This is based on our readers and candidates feedbacks because these competitors’ materials are way over-killed and do not match the real ARE exams at all. Many people at various study groups also indicated that they did extremely poor on these competitors’ practice exams and felt devastated. They gave up the competitors’ materials and used our ARE mock exams and related materials instead, and they ended up passing the ARE exams on the first try. Some other readers used competitors’ materials and failed an ARE exam two or three times, and they eventually passed the exam with our help.

 

All our books include a step-by-step solution to each of the NCARB sample vignette with screenshots and related NCARB software commands, a complete set of MC questions (except for the SD ARE mock exam) and vignettes matching the real ARE exams, including number of questions, format, type of questions, etc. We also include detailed answers and explanations to our MC questions, and a step-by-step solution to each of the mock vignette with screenshots and related NCARB software commands. Our DWG files for our mock exam vignettes can also be installed and used with the NCARB software.

 

There is some extra information on ARE overviews and exam-taking tips in Chapter One. This is based on NCARB AND other valuable sources. This is a bonus feature we included in each book because we want our readers to be able to buy our books all together or individually. We want you to find all necessary ARE exam information and resources at one place and through our books.

 

All our books are available at

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

“Programming, Planning & Practice ARE Mock Exam” has been published!

June 3, 2012

Here is more info:

 

“Programming, Planning & Practice ARE Mock Exam (PPP of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations”

ISBN-13: 9781612650067

 

It is available at:

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Synopsis

 

A Practical Guide & Mock Exam for the Programming, Planning & Practice (PPP) 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 Programming, Planning & Practice (PPP) Division of the ARE. More specifically this book covers the following subjects:

  • ARE, IDP, and Education Requirements
  • ARE Exam Content, Format, and Prep Strategies
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Environmental, Social & Economic Issues
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Budget & Financing
  • Project & Practice Management
  • Site Zoning
  • 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

The mock exam includes 85 challenging questions of the same difficulty level and format as the real exam (multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, and fill-in-the-blank), and two graphic vignettes. This book will help you pass the PPP division of the ARE and become a licensed architect!

 

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 Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the LEED exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

“Schematic Design (SD) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam)” has been published!

December 26, 2011

9781612650050__FrontCover-200Here is more info:

Schematic Design (SD) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN:   9781612650050

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is available at:

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

Synopsis

A Practical Guide & Mock Exam for the Schematic Design (SD) Division of the ARE!

To become a licensed architect, you need to have a proper combination of education and/or experience, meeting your Board of Architecture’s special requirements, as well as passing all seven divisions of the Architect Registration Examinations (ARE).

This book provides an ARE overview, resources, exam preparation and exam taking techniques, tips and guide, a realistic and complete set of Mock Exam, solutions, and explanations for the Schematic Design (SD) division of the ARE. This book covers the following subjects:

  1. ARE, IDP, and education requirements
  2. ARE content, format, and preparation strategies
  3. Codes and regulations
  4. Environmental Issues
  5. Building layout
  6. Interior layout
  7. Valuable strategies and tips for creating passing solutions
  8. Sample passing solutions with explanations
  9. Many step-by-step screenshots to show you the actual NCARB commands with graphic images
  10. Time saving tips
  11. Strategies to avoid NCARB traps

This book includes four graphic vignettes in the same difficulty level and format as the real exam. It will help you pass the SD division of the ARE and become a licensed architect!

 

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

What others are saying about “Building Systems (BS) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam)”…

December 26, 2011

“Great Practice Exam

“In my opinion, the Building Systems (BS) test is one of the most difficult of the ARE Exams. For me, it was difficult to not be overwhelmed by the amount of content covered by the Exam. This Mock Exam is the perfect tool to keep you focused on the content that matters and to evaluate what you know and what you need to study. It definitely helped me pass the exam!!”

—Michael Harvey (“Harv”)

 

“Great resource for the BS exam

It is a guide that gives you the exact information you need before you start taking the tests and more specific information for the BS Exam. The BS exam section breaks it down into the specifics you need to know and what you should not waste your time on. One of the hard parts of the exam is trying to figure out where NCARB gets its material from.

 

The book gives you tips on what books the diagrams and MC questions in NCARB’s study guide are similar to. It also references websites and PDF’s throughout the book, which is very helpful. The exam section emphasizes the need to not read everything, but to concentrate on the specifics (i.e. diagrams, images etc.) and emphasizes this several times throughout the book. The graphic vignette section was extremely helpful and its importance in the book clarifies the need to make sure you know the graphic section in order to pass the exam (a very helpful hint).

 

One of the best features of the book was the practice questions. It is hard to find many books that give good questions that are more in line with what NCARB will be asking and it is also good to have an extra set of questions to study from. The book goes further than a conventional study/exam guide. It explains the profession of architecture and goes more into the professions future. Overall this book is a great resource not just for the exam review, but also for the general knowledge of becoming an architect and what to expect, in a very concise, step by step, and easy to read format.”

—Rebecca Rubinow (“R”)

 

“Great resource

“Building Systems is easily the hardest exam of the ARE’s in my opinion. For preparation, there is nothing that prepares you more than questions. There is an overload of information out there, you tube, online resources like Wikipedia, MEEB, etc., but a lack of real questions. Answering the questions through practice is the best way to study, as opposed to reading the entire MEEB book-which I did as well. The questions in this book are very similar to the exam (took it twice). Also, the ARE exam questions try to trick and throw you off. These questions also do the same thing, and he explains in his answers why. There are over a 100 questions, including insight and tips on passing the vignette. Highly recommended…”

—Andrew Consigli (“Nate”)

 

“Great ARE BS Practice Exam

“This is a comprehensive mock exam with a very detailed answer explanation for each questions and reference materials to look up that covers other relevant areas. Personally, I have taken most of the other available mock exams prior to this, and I found the questions in this book more similar to the official NCARB sample questions in comparison (but contains great explanations that the NCARB questions clearly lacks). The book also includes a section of a step-by-step instruction on solving the vignette that is easy to understand and helped me improve my speed greatly. Highly recommended.”

—csquare

 

“Great study resource!

“It’s always a great study tool to have Practice exams like this one! Seems to be very comprehensive and includes a little bit of everything that you need to know for the exam! Great supplemental resource!”

—Sean Primeaux

 

“Great Mock Exam Exercise!

One of the best things I like this book is how the author have included some of his insights and utilized online resources into the introduction of the book. He provided some Youtube links or online regulations references that readers could refer to about specific topics. The book provides detail answers for each mock exam questions. The mock exam becomes very helpful in reminding the readers their weaknesses in certain topics and provides an opportunity for readers to go back and revise areas they are not familiar with.

 

There were a couple of questions did show up in a similar format in my actual ARE exam experience. For candidates who have difficulties in understanding the formula and calculations for certain topics, the book provides simple and easy to understand questions that helps readers to practice the formula and be familiarize with the calculations. The book not only includes one mock exam it also have guidelines and one practice question for the graphic vignette. Personally I will suggest to post your practiced vignette in the ARE forum for review and comments. Since there is not many ARE mock exams published in the market, it is one of the very useful study materials to have for the BS exam.”

—Rose Hung

 

“Building Systems (BS) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam)

“Excellent study guide with study tips, general test info, and recommended study resources. Hands down one of the best practice exams that I have came across for this exam. Most importantly, the practice exam includes in depth explanations of answers. Definitely recommended.”

Taylor Cupp

 

“Great Supplement!!

“This publication was very helpful in my preparation for my BS exam. It contained a mock exam, followed by the answers and brief explanations to the answers. I would recommend this as an additional study material for this exam.”

Cynthia Zorrilla-Canteros (“czcante”)