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Section 1 and 2 Study Material

Started by Urmila Venkat. Last reply by Aleksandra Idziak-Brown Jul 1. 14 Replies

Construction Contracts by Hinze?

Started by Carrie Jensen. Last reply by Cheryl Corson Apr 8. 6 Replies

Preparation for Section 4?

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Comment by MLCC on August 13, 2014 at 7:02am

Richard-

I don't recall if you mentioned which section you are taking. But just my 2 cents from my experience (have passed all & now licensed): The earlier the better! That's too vague tho right?

For the graphic sections, which are now sections 3 & 4, I started studying about 3 months in advance. For the other 2, I did about 6 weeks - 2 months.Several days a week.

How ever long you think it might take you, start a little bit earlier than that. Life has a lot of curve balls. A cushion will give you time to: learn more about something you had no idea was on the test and you know nothing about; you could get sick and not be able to study for a week (I got strep throat once while studying); something else could come up in your life that will detract you; etc...... I feel like the whole experience is stressful enough, I wanted my study time to be stress free, and so that I could take my time and no worry about racing against the clock.

For most people, the content on the exam does not reflect what they do on a daily basis in their jobs. Maybe some of the content, but definitely not all. So chances are you will be studying stuff that you have no idea about. I've been working for 15 years. There were things on the test that I have literally never even heard of. So start early, & let your brain take it in slowly and steadily, and you'll retain it well.

I hope this helps you!! Keep us posted & feel free to ask more questions. :)

Comment by Richard Joaquin on August 12, 2014 at 10:18pm
Matt,

Thanks for the great response. Any recommendations for prep time leading up to the exam? I realize everyone studies differently and learning curves vary. Just trying to get an expectation for how long I should study per week and how long before the exam. Seems like there is quite a bit to know for this exam. Thanks for any help or guidance from everyone! Very much appreciated.

-Richard
Comment by Matt Mathes on July 31, 2014 at 2:12pm

Richard,

Congrats on starting your LARE Prep effort !

Yes, with 9 years in the commercial marketplace since 2005, candidates who attend my sessions do recommend the LARE entire book series as very helpful.

This might help -=in your decision making - Erik Sweet, PLA, ASLA wrote 1 book for Section D (includes Section 3 & 4 content). I wrote 2 books titled Section A (Section 1 content). Also, Glenn Acomb, FASLA wrote a Section C book (Section 3 content) as a faculty member at University of Florida. All three of us are volunteer instructors who use the entire PPI LARE book series in our live LARE review sessions for ASLA Chapters across the US. 

A long term benefit to buy and also keep your entire PPI book set, in addition to helping you pass?

Your PPI book series can be placed in a conference room or reception area of your professional office as a concise overview for office visitors (clients, allied professionals, etc.) to verify what you knew at the time of passing LARE when first becoming licensed. 

You'll find the LARE PPI books at the Cal Poly library and at CalTrans agency  regional offices where emerging professionals regularly prepare to for LARE in California - perhaps that might compelling.

 

Comment by Richard Joaquin on July 31, 2014 at 1:15pm

Hello all. Awesome resource here, looking to put it to use. I am beginning the process of studying for the LARE exam in December here in Northern California. I was sad to miss Ray Freeman's course at Berkeley in June, but it just didn't work out for me. Anyone have suggestions for upcoming classes to take? Also, I found a website www.ppi2pass.com (The Power to Pass) that is geared towards engineers and building professionals. They offer a complete package of study materials for the entire LARE for $368. Has anyone had experience with this website or the materials they offer? I am willing to invest the money on study materials or classes if the source is well-known and proven. Thanks for any guidance! 

Comment by Cheryl Corson on May 9, 2014 at 6:56am

LARE Prep Webinars for Sections 3 & 4 are now open for registration. These sessions are affordable and flexible as you can attend from anywhere and watch the sessions on your own schedule, as often as you like. For more information see: www.cherylcorson.com The first Section 4 session is May 15 and the first Secxtion 3 session is May 22. I finished the LARE process one year ago, and these webinars came about as a way of helping people in ways I wish I'd had help. 

Comment by Ray Freeman on May 3, 2014 at 11:31pm

Prep Courses for Sections 1&2 of the LARE in Northern California will be given in Berkeley on June 7-8, 2014. See the event page for more details.

Section 4 reviews will be given in Berkeley, CA on June 20-22, 2014 and in Raleigh, NC on July 11-13, 2014. Again, see the event page on this site for additional information on these classes.

Comment by Hilary Ann Noonan on March 16, 2014 at 11:58am

I'd like to get info on prep classes or materials in the midwest. I'm in KC. Some of the books listed on CLARB are out of print. 

Comment by Ray Freeman on February 19, 2014 at 3:27pm

 

Seattle, WA - LARE Prep Section 3 – April 2014

Date/Time:

April 9-11, 2014  8:30 am-6:00 pm (Wed-Fri)

Description:

Through lecture, group discussion, and practice exercises, this intensive three day course

focuses on preparing students to take Section 3 of the Landscape Architects Registration

Examination (LARE). This course includes a look at what material is typically covered on

the exam and strategy tips on the Design section of the exam.

285 page syllabus. 180 practice questions. Minimum of 20 AIT questions.

 

Location:

Windemere Meeting Room
Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way Northeast

Seattle, WA 98115

 

Instructor:

Ray Freeman ASLA, CPESC 413,  

RLA CA 3722, MA 928, NC 356

 

Cost:

$325 WASLA Members; $375 non-members

Registration

https://www.wasla.org/events/calendar/cat_ids~24/

or go to the Washington ASLA Chapter Website

 

More Course Content Information:

Send e-mail to: Rayfreeman3@comcast.net    Specify “Seattle Section 3”

 

Comment by Matt Mathes on February 5, 2014 at 9:36am

LARE Prep Session in Chicago - Illinois Chapter ASLA 

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Saturday March 1, 2014

 

Section 1 is 1PM to 3PM and Section 2 is 3PM to 5PM on Friday.

Section 3 is 8AM to Noon and Section 4 is 1PM to 5PM including mid session breaks on Saturday.

The successful format is a fast moving session including drilling from slides, best use of books plus selected handouts for problem solving practice by candidates during each session. Content is based on the overview of exam specifications for each section. Site analysis and site planning included in Section 3. Construction methods and materials, details as well as grading, drainage and storm water management included in Section 4. Instructors are Erik Sweet, PLA, ASLA and Matt Mathes, ASLA, PLA who will lead sessions as subject matter experts and authors of Professional Publications, Inc. books.

Hosted by Bartlett Trees, ILASLA Chapter Education Series Sponsor. 

For event information, pricing, sign-up incentives and registration, go to: http://il-asla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=106&ts=1391465187

Comment by Cheryl Corson on January 31, 2014 at 9:41am

LAREwebinarFlyer_2014.pdf

A year ago I began studying for Section 4 again, after failing it in December 2012. After passing last April, friends asked me to teach an online class geared toward this section, which is trickier than the others. Next week is the first live Q&A session in my 3-part webinar series. More info is in the attached flyer, and on my website, www.cherylcorson.com. Best wishes in your studies! Cheryl

 

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