What is this?

It's half practice test, half Jenny's Notes, half study guide. Think of it as ARE homework. What could be more fun?!

This is NOT a replacement for your primary material. This IS a way to study more efficiently. To spend time every day focusing on concepts you will be tested on.

You still have to do the hard work, this course makes sure you're working on the right things.

This is the beginning of the end of your ARE 5.0 studies


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"Hyperfine is the only other third-party exam prep material besides Amber Book that I recommend. It engages you with open-ended questions and prompts you to research the answers on your own."

Michael Ermann
Creator of Amber Book


“I passed PA today, yoohoo!

I had a population pyramid question which I could answer in 1 min thanks to your assignments. That and many more. I owe you for helping me read these charts and maps, decoding the codes and helping me finish with just 10 secs remaining and a likely pass in the end. This has by far been the best way of preparing for these exams!”

GK from Indianapolis

Let me help you pass Programming and Analysis


Why are you making me do homework?

When talking to people about passing PA, the number one question people ask me is where I found practice test questions. I used the Brightwood question bank, Black Spectacles and Designer Hacks, but the best questions were the personalized questions where I challenged myself to focus on the things I knew I did not know.

With this course I’m sharing my method for studying by writing down the kinds of questions I asked myself. You'll get 63 study assignments (with multiple questions each) written by someone who has been through the stress of the exam process and passed, and knows what you should focus on.

What is the cost? Is this a subscription?

The course is $45 for the entire thing. Not per month, just once.

This is priced for one person, not your whole office, please. Contact me directly for a group rate.


See the course lessons section above for the entire curriculum and some free samples. The entire list of assignment topics is right here:

Note: All assignments now include a bonus video answer

Week 1: Environmental and Contextual Conditions

  • Slope Math
  • Floods  
  • Soils  
  • Brownfields  
  • Topography  
  • Environment Part I - Sun  
  • Environment Part II - Climate  

Week 2: Codes and Regulations

  • Zoning - FAR and Setbacks  
  • IBC - Use and Occupancy  
  • IBC - Building Area  
  • IBC - Construction Types and Wall Ratings  
  • IBC - Accessible Units  
  • ADA Accessible Routes  
  • ADA - General Application & Parking  

Week 3: Site Analysis and Programming

  • Parking Calculations  
  • Historic  
  • Site Analysis  
  • Site Acoustics  
  • Stormwater  
  • Site Plan Reading  
  • Foundations  

Week 4: Building Analysis and Programming

  • Building Efficiency Part I  
  • Building Efficiency Part II  
  • Adjacency Part I  
  • Adjacency Part II  
  • Programming  
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis  
  • Building Systems  

Week5: Building Analysis and Other Stuff

  • Project Phasing
  • Demographics
  • Cost Estimates
  • Architectural Styles
  • Planning and Land
  • Radon, Lead & Asbestos
  • ????

Ready to challenge yourself?!


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Thank you again

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