- Paperback: 1088 pages
- Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (September 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591265150
- ISBN-13: 978-1591265153
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ARE 5 Review Manual for the Architect Registration Exam 1st Edition
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Steven E. O’Hara, PE, is a professor of architectural engineering in the School of Architecture at Oklahoma State University. Professor O’Hara earned bachelor of science and master of architectural engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University. He is a licensed engineer in Oklahoma.
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I am disappointed that in this version, the text is a single column, meaning each line is 6.5" long. I preferred the two-column layout of the previous book, as each line was 3.5" - 4", and much easier to speed read.
The content seems robust, we'll see how the tests go.
EDIT AFTER A MONTH OF STUDYING: This book has numerous grammatical, punctuation, and content errors. The editor should be fired. In at least one instance, nearly an entire paragraph appears in two parts of the same page. The second instance of the paragraph is copied into the middle of a sentence, hopefully content was not lost. In other locations, at least the first word of a sentence (though likely more) is completely missing, which is confusing and potentially omitting content. In other locations, a maximum or minimum dimension is given in one sentence, and in the next sentence a larger or smaller dimension is given as 'most common'.
"The most common method of preliminary sizing is to calculate the depth-to-span ratio, because this can be done even if only the structural layout and the basic use of the system are known. and use this approach."
And use what approach?
"The inverse square law, , states that... [passage continues]"
Double comma, arguably the most benign error I have come across.
Page 21-8 ends with a complete sentence, page 21-9 begins:
"being extended to a lower level."
What is being extended to a lower level, and why is it important? The world may never know.
"For exterior cladding, precast elements can be as thin as 5/8 in. For textured panels, a 3/4 in or 1/18 in thickness is used."
If 5/8" is the minimum for a smooth panel, it seems strange that a textured panel would be less than that, and even more strange it would be only 1/18". Also, I have never seen 18ths of an inch used for anything before.
"When used as wall panels in one-story buildings, they usually reach from the foundation to the roof framing.two panels must be placed end to end, they are butt-jointed with flashing between."
Going to guess the missing word is 'If', but why do I need to guess?
This is only a sample of the errors I have found, and only while studying for a single test. I can't imagine the issues are isolated to the section I have read. It is disappointed that this was published, appalling that they are charging $250, and embarrassing that I bought it.
After a month of use, I can only offer one suggestion: DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
These books are not worth the hundreds of dollars they're charging. It's clear the company rushed them to market to be the first study guide available for the new exam format but in doing so they published a horrible resource FULL of errors. This is unacceptable for the amount they charge and the statement that their books are "comprehensive" study materials.
GRANTED: Yes, the 5.0 tests are literally brand new. Very few people have taken them, so there are very few strategies out there for dealing with them, and most people are pretty unsure about whats on them.
WITH THAT IN MIND: I'd recommend focusing on using the information from architectexamprep BEFORE I'd recommend this set of books (we're not even going into the grammatical errors, misspellings, and random copy pasting errors going on). Now that I've gone through my first test, I'm very tempted to throw another five hundred dollars down the toilet and get the architectexamprep materials too and use the PPI/Ballast books as supplemental material/expensive coasters. Otherwise you're pretty much taking your test fees and gambling as to whether or not the section you're studying for was not only well written enough, but also has information applicable to the test section it correlates to.
Overall I'm pretty disappointed with how very unprepared I felt while actually taking the test after relying on this set.