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The Insider's Guide to the A.R.E. 5.0

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Exam Outlines for Every Test


Study Sheets for 26 Key Topics


A Guide for Students, By Students

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Efficient and Comprehensive

"This book is like your friends telling you exactly what you need to study. The most efficient and comprehensive guide out there, from the people you want to listen to. And it's portable and beautiful!"

Margaret M.

A Running Start

"I put off starting the A.R.E. for years, but Desk Crits gave me a running start. Clear, simple, and accessible."

Cameron B.

A Kick in the *$#

"The A.R.E. sucks. This guide is a combination of a kick in the *$# and a shoulder to cry on. It makes the exams much more manageable."

Abbey S.

Breezed Through...

"I took the first three exams without Desk Crits and studied a ton. On the last exam, I used Desk Crits and breezed through studying while still feeling prepared."

-Anonymous, Desk Crit #71

Untangling the A.R.E.

"Desk Crits untangled the opaque and confusing A.R.E. process nicely! I am clearer on what steps to take, material to look at, and order to do exams in!"

Anonymous, Desk Crit #83