November 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm #156026
I am just starting to study for the LARE in New York State and am wondering what people recommend to use as resources for studying.November 29, 2012 at 3:37 am #156043
I’m hoping someone else answers this, since I’m wondering the same thing. Let’s keep the discussion at the top of the list by commenting.
CLARB seems to have a lot of free stuff and even a few practice tests. I’ve seen study guides on Amazon, but they’re kind of expensive. Maybe the best thing to do is find other people in your town to start a study group with. Then you can share the cost of a study guide and just make copies for everyone.November 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm #156042
For A and B, I read: Construction Contracts by Hinze, Project Management by Ramroth, Ready, Set, Practice by Sharky, and Site Analysis by LaGro. If these books are not at your local library, see if they participate in book loan program with cities/universities. For just a few $, I got these four titles. IMO, none of the books need to be collected.
For construction D, I had the good fortune of operating a shovel in the field for many years. I helped another coworker by putting together a mockup of each potential fastener (wood, sheet metal & lag screws, carriage & hex bolts, lead & plastic anchors, redheads, etc) used in landscrape construction, so she could see the difference between all at once. I even used a piece of broken concrete so she could see why lead anchors would suck over time where vibration/movement might occur.
For C and E (as well as the other three tests) I went to the UCLA Extension prep courses on the recommendation of a coworker, and then studied my arse off for at least 3 hours every night for 7 weeks prior to taking those two tests on consecutive days. I even put in 5 hours (the length of each test) to do 4 or more problems, one day each weekend. The CLARB/LARE free stuff was paltry compared to what both classes provided.
I passed each test the first time I sat for it, and completed all 5 tests in less than a year.
I know the tests have been changed and consolidated, but it still requires you to know grading & drainage, design, and construction detailing/methods. But understand this: in my opinion, what is in the CLARB/LARE tests (especially design) is not related to the real world or anything that you think you know ! It is a different logic that the tests require – one that is often in conflict with the real world.
Those tests are not cheap, and neither were the classes. But in the end, I can say that it was well worth the money so that I never had to take any of those tests ever again.November 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm #156041
Here are the cleaned up notes for Site Analysis. I might have other stuff on the comp at work.
I absolutely refuse to look at the LARE youtube vid, only because of the horrible, horrible memories of studying. Horrible, I tells ya ! Seriously, I took C and E consecutively only so I didn’t have to get back into ‘study mode’ six months after the first test.November 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm #156040
Thanks for the insight and the site analysis notes, Toby. I’m sure there are plenty of people here that would be interested in any other tips or notes you might be willing to share; I certainly would be!November 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm #156039
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I’d recommend that you become familiar with all the books on CLARB’s Study Reference List – Toby mentioned several of them in his post. The list used to be much longer, but they pared it down several years ago. I do not know if they rewrote Sections A and B significantly when they went to the new format, but in my experience taking the exams in 2011, many MC questions came directly out of the resources on the old list in addition to the new shorter version. The expanded list is available online – check the LARE Google Group. If you can’t find it, I can try and dig it up and post it here.
Also, if you don’t have much experience with grading, check out Landscape Grading: A Study Guide for the LARE Grading Examination by Valerie Aymer. It doesn’t take into account the new computerized format, but I would bet it’s still a good resource.
Finally, remember, you are studying to pass the exams, but you should also view this study time is an opportunity to prepare yourself for the rigors of professional practice.November 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm #156038
Agreed. Thanks, Toby.November 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm #156037
more stuff…none of these notes are valuable by themselves.
Read the books first without taking notes, then go back and reread them to take notes. Interrupting the ‘story’ will hinder the learning process.
Project Management notes were taken for chs 1, 2, 5, and 11. The other chapters did not seem to apply.
CSE notes are how everything applies to the study guide. Many of the column notes in each Task are word for word what is in the associated KSAs. I wrote them out to help commit it to memory.November 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm #156036
and finally…November 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm #156035
…December 11, 2012 at 3:13 am #156034
Toby, thanks so much for all of the useful input and notes.January 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm #156033
wow, thank you very much Kristen; I have only briefly perused through the Google Group and it appears to be a a great bunch of people sharing alot of information pertinent to the LARE. Thanks!January 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm #156032
that’d be great; I see Sean is also taking it in NYS, but probably not WNY…January 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm #156031
Promo alert – but I went through the process from 2011 – 2013, taking the new Sections 3 & 4. After I failed and then passed Section 4, I created webinars to help others with Section 4, which is the toughest exam. These are now available through my website, http://www.cherylcorson.com. You can also see my article on Section 4 on Land 8 – https://land8.com/profiles/blogs/5-tips-for-passing-section-4-of-the-lare
Best of luck in your preparations!
Cheryl CorsonJanuary 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm #156030
The NY ASLA prep sessions were very good (1 weekend in NYC) and helpful covering test taking for the LARE and going over the materials (what help, what was not so good) and is lead by people who have taken it in the last few years. It’s also not too bad as cost goes. I highly recommend it.
I used: Hinze (Construction Contracts chapter 1 and 9 -the one on documents), Ready Set Practice, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects, and Landscape Planning (Marsh) and the graphic standards. Only things not covered that showed up on the exams were playground, subsruface water resource, and forest fire related (some of which was covered by the NYASLA session).
My strategy was to not over study as there are answers they are looking for and there are incorrect answers that are right in actual practice – study for the exam to cut out those mistakes.
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