ARE Pass Rates By Division

The pass rates below are by division for all candidates (first-time and repeat) who took the ARE for the last five years. This data is the most current information available from Prometric, NCARB's testing consultant.

Note: ARE 4.0 was released on 1 July 2008 and was administered concurrently with ARE 3.1 between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009. When pass rate data was first reported, it reflected the first 12 months of ARE 4.0 test administrations. The data below now reflects to first 18 months of ARE 4.0 test administrations and returns to the standard calendar year reporting period.

ARE 3.1 Pass Rates by Division
DIVISION Abbr. 2008  2009**  2010  2011  2012
% % % %
Pre-Design PD 80% 71%  
General Structures GS 74% 71%  
Lateral Forces LF 77% 71%  
Mechanical & Electrical Systems ME 68% 60%  
Materials & Methods MM 80% 78%  
Construction Documents & Services CD 77% 77%  
Site Planning SP 68% 67%  
Building Planning BP 70% 70%  
Building Technology BT 69% 63%  
Number of
Candidates Testing
17,916 10,938  

ARE 4.0 Pass Rates
DIVISION Abbr.  2008* 2009 2010 2011  2012
Programming Planning & Practice PPP 49% 56% 62% 62% 62%
Site Planning & Design SPD 59% 69% 76% 73% 71%
Building Design & Construction Systems BD/CS 47% 57% 63% 62% 62%
Structural Systems SS 57% 64% 66% 71% 75%
Building Systems BS 59% 66% 65% 68% 69%
Construction Documents & Services CDS 56% 59% 63% 64% 63%
Schematic Design SD 65% 71% 74% 77% 77%
Number of
Candidates Testing
2,329 13,326 14,737 14,465 14,369

*ARE 4.0 (July - December 2008)
** ARE 3.1 (January - June 2009)

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