NALSA Publishing

Solutions cARE Package
Site Planning & Design Vignette Package
$230.00

How will it help me?

Each of the proven study tools in this Vignette Package are designed specifically to help you understand how to solve the vignettes successfully. The tools each address the Site Grading, and Site Design vignettes from a unique perspective and are most effective when used together. For a full description of each item in this package, click on the corresponding tab above.

 

What is it?

Along with Archiflash Desktop and the Solutions book (available together in our First Aid Kit), this Vignette Package contains everything you need to conquer the Site Planning & Design division.

This Vignette Package includes instant online access to the following:

  • Insight - Vignette Videos Site Design and Site Grading & Video Vignettes: Solutions & Analysis e-booklet
  • NALSA Practice Vignettes - Updated for new 2013 NCARB Exam Guidelines.
  • NALSA Paper & Pencil Practice Vignettes
  • AREvaluations - Vignette Grading for your solutions to the NCARB & NALSA Practice Vignettes
  • The Evaluator Workbook
  • Personalized Candidate Care - we're here to guide you through the entire ARE process.

 

 

How do I use it?

To access each item, log in to your account at NALSA.com and on your "My Account" page, click the image for the study tool you want to use. For a step-by-step approach to getting the most out of all your NALSA study tools, download and read “Where Do I Begin”.

 

When do I use it?

Access all of these items immediately to start preparing for the Site Grading and Site Design vignettes.

 

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Insight - Site Planning & Design
$90.00

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How will it help me?

Insight offers the benefits of a live lecture at your convenience. You’ll benefit from the expertise of an ARE pioneer and learn his proven methods for how to approach and solve the vignettes successfully. No travel necessary. Watch and learn anytime from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.

The videos feature:

  • Sample problems solved from beginning to end
  • Strategies, tips and short-cuts
  • Potentially fatal errors
  • Drawings, charts, diagrams, calculations
  • Hundreds of informative images

 

What is it?

Insight-Demystifying the Graphic Vignettes of the ARE, is an online video series featuring Professor Norman Dorf's legendary graphics workshop. The Site Planning & Design videos are specifically for the Site Grading and Site Design vignettes and are available anytime, through your “My Account” page at NALSA.com.

The Insight video lecture for the Site Planning & Design division includes:

  • A 40 minute comprehensive Introduction to the ARE Graphic Vignettes
  • Site Grading Vignette: 24 minutes
  • Site Design Vignette: 48 minutes
  • Video Vignettes: Solutions & Analysis, a 35 page reference document that contains the programmatic information and solution to the Site Grading and Site Design vignettes presented in the lecture. The document also contains information for the vignettes covered in other divisions.
  • View each video a total of 4 times total from 2 computers - never expires. One license per candidate. For group viewing click here

 

 

How do I use it?

Log in to your account at NALSA.com and on your “My Account” page, click the "Watch Insight Videos" image. Print the Video Vignettes document for reference. Click the link for the Introduction, Site Grading or Site Design video. A video player will open and you can play, pause, rewind, etc.

 

When do I watch it?

Watch the videos in conjunction with reading the Solutions book and prior to attempting to solve the NCARB practice vignettes.

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Practice Vignette - Site Planning & Design
$40.00

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How will it help me?

Reading about the vignettes is very important, but it's not enough. Practicing, and becoming proficient with NCARB's software is paramount. Because you use the NCARB tools and base drawing to solve the NALSA Practice Vignettes, you’ll learn to solve alternate problems while practicing with the same software you’ll be using on test day. The NALSA problems have been designed specifically to simulate what you can expect on the actual exam. Because the NALSA problems are formatted like those on the exam, you’ll learn to identify subtle program differences and understand the design implications. Remember, even a small change in the program can result in a radically different solution.

 

What is it? Updated for the 2013 NCARB Exam Guide changes .
The NALSA Practice Vignettes are alternate problems to those provided in the NCARB practice software. The problems in this document are specific to the Site Grading and Site Design vignettes and are to be solved using the existing NCARB software. We have modified the NCARB Directions, Program, and Code requirements to create unique practice problems. While using the NCARB base drawing, the NALSA problems require you to produce different solutions.

This Practice Vignette e-booklet includes:

  • Introduction and directions
  • One unique practice problem for the Site Grading and Site Design vignettes
  • A Sample annotated passing solution to each vignette
  • A Sample annotated failing solution to each vignette
  • 3D model images of the passing solutions
  • Instructions for purchasing AREvaluations (grading) and submitting your solutions to NALSA
  • Document is to be printed. Available to view online up to six times - never expires.

 

 

How do I use it?

Log in to your account at NALSA.com and on your “My Account” page, click the "View/Print e-Booklets" image. Click the "View/Print" link to print the NALSA Practice Vignette document. Open the NCARB Site Planning & Design software and click “Practice Vignettes.” Click the button for the Site Grading or Site Design vignette and toggle to the base drawing. Ignore the NCARB Task Information (Directions, Program, and Code) and solve the problem in the NALSA document. Time yourself. Compare your solution to the NALSA sample passing solution. Explore the images of the 3D sample passing solution to see it in a more realistic way. Check out the NALSA sample failing solution to see examples of what NOT to do.

 

When do I use it?

We recommend that you solve the NCARB practice problems before attempting to solve the NALSA problems. Upload your solutions to the NCARB problems to NALSA Publishing for grading. Assess your AREvaluation. This will help you to better understand your strengths and weaknesses before you solve the NALSA practice problems. AREvaluations are available for your solutions to the NALSA practice problems as well.

 

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Paper & Pencil - Site Planning & Design
$40.00

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How will it help me?

Working with these Site Grading and Site Design problems will help strengthen your ability to read and analyze the program, improve your understanding of the passing solutions, and more. Compare the Directions, Program and Code to the corresponding sample passing solutions to see how these unique problems can be solved successfully.

 

What is it?

The NALSA Paper & Pencil Practice Vignette document contains two unique sample problems for the Site Grading and Site Design vignettes.

This Paper & Pencil Practice Vignette e-booklet includes:

  • Introduction and directions
  • Two unique sample problems for the Site Grading vignette
  • Two unique sample problems for the Site Design vignette
  • Sample annotated passing solutions to each vignette
  • Document is to be printed. Available to view online up to six times. Never expires.

 

How do I use it?

Log in to your account at  NALSA.com and on your “My Account” page, click the "View/Print e-Booklets" image. Then click that "View/Print" link to print the NALSA Paper & Pencil Practice Vignette document. You can solve these vignettes manually and compare your solutions to the NALSA sample passing solutions or simply study how the solutions address the program information.

 

When do I use it?

We recommend using the NALSA Paper & Pencil Practice Vignettes in conjunction with reading the Solutions book and watching the Insight videos. This will give you a better understanding of the problems before you attempt to solve the NCARB practice vignettes.

 

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Site Grading - NCARB
$18.00



Site Grading - NALSA
$18.00



Site Design - NCARB
$18.00



Site Design - NALSA
$18.00

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How will it help me?

The only way to know how well your solutions have addressed the program requirements is to have them properly and thoroughly graded. Our graders will evaluate every aspect of your solutions and provide you with valuable feedback on each program requirement. The AREvaluations highlight exactly what you‘ve done right and wrong. You’ll learn which elements of your solutions were successful and what mistakes to avoid in the future.

 

What is it?
Our exclusive AREvaluations are personal reviews of your solutions to the NCARB or NALSA Site Grading and Site Design practice vignettes. Upload your solutions through your "My Account" page.

AREvaluations provide the following:

  • Your solution receives an overall Passing, Marginal, or Failing grade
  • Each programmed element receives an Acceptable, Intermediate, or Unacceptable evaluation
  • Identifies your strengths and weaknesses
  • Valuable feedback
  • Turn-around time is 2-3 days

 

 

 

 How do I use it?

  1. Once you have completed a solution, leave 'Sketch' elements turned on, 'Zoom' in and press the 'Print Screen' button on your keyboard... Nothing will happen.
  2. Close the NCARB software. Open a new Microsoft Word document (or similar) in landscape orientation. ‘Paste' your solution into the new document and save it as a .pdf.
  3. Log in to your account at NALSA.com and on your “My Account” page, click the "Upload Your Solutions" image.
  4. In the “Upload Your Solutions” column, click on the 'Upload' link for the Site Grading or Site Design vignette (NCARB or NALSA). You’ll be prompted to “Browse” your computer for the file you created. Select the file and click “Submit.” The vignette name will move to the “Solutions In Review” column.
  5. When the AREvaluation is ready, you will be notified by email and the document will be available in the “Download AREvaluations” column.

 

When do I use it?

Upload your solutions to the NCARB Site Grading and Site Design problems for AREvaluations before attempting to solve the NALSA practice problems. This way, you can apply what you've learned from the NCARB AREvaluations when you solve the NALSA problems. Then, solve the NALSA problems and submit your solutions for an AREvaluation.

 

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Site Planning & Design - Workbook
$40.00

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How will it help me?
The Evaluator Workbook helps you understand the 'How and Why' of solving the NCARB Site Grading and Site Design vignettes successfully. You'll learn why certain design decisions are successful and how to quickly identify errors. Exploring the images of the 3D sample passing solution helps you see the result of design decisions in a more realistic way.

 

What is it?
You become the grader by analyzing six different solutions to each of the NCARB vignettes. Evaluate each solution as Passing, Marginal or Failing.

This Evaluator Workbook e-booklet includes:

    • Introduction and directions
    • Annotated NCARB Directions, Program and Code which helps clarify key issues
    • Six different sample solutions to each of the NCARB vignettes
    • A Solution Evaluation Form on which to record errors in each solution
    • Solution Evaluation Answer Key
    • Sample annotated passing solution to each vignette
    • 3D model images of the passing solution to each vignette
    • Document is to be printed. Available to view online up to six times. Never expires.

 


How do I use it?
Log in to your account at NALSA.com and on your “My Account” page, click the "View/Print e-Booklets" image. Click the "View/Print" link to print the document. Read the annotated NCARB Directions, Program and Code. Using the form provided, list as many errors as possible for each solution and mark the solutions as Passing, Marginal or Failing. Compare your list to the NALSA answer key.


When do I use it?
After you have read Solutions, watched the Insight video, and received AREvaluations for the NCARB and NALSA Practice Vignettes, you'll be ready to test your knowledge with The Evaluator Workbook.

 

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