The next version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), ARE 5.0, will launch November 1, 2016, and incorporate the latest testing technology.
ARE 5.0 Division Structure
ARE 5.0 will include six standalone divisions that more closely align with current architectural practice. Each division will include at least 80 questions, one to two case studies, and new question types to replace vignettes. Learn more about ARE 5.0’s division structure.
With our test development consultant, NCARB mapped ARE 4.0’s divisions to those in ARE 5.0 to ensure competency of candidates who may complete the ARE through a combination of both exams. Candidates who begin testing in ARE 4.0, but do not complete all divisions, will receive appropriate credit for divisions in ARE 5.0 when they transition to ARE 5.0.
ARE 5.0 Resources
Download the ARE 5.0 Guidelines
for more information on exam policies and scheduling tests.
Download the ARE 5.0 Handbook
for details on each division, learning objectives, sample questions, and more.
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When Will ARE 5.0 Launch?
ARE 5.0 is launching on November 1, 2016. In the meantime, we’re exploring exciting opportunities with test prep providers and developing a NCARB Blog series on the new divisions.
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ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator
Our interactive calculator can help you create a personalized testing strategy by showing how 4.0 divisions will be credited in ARE 5.0. Log in to My NCARB, and we’ll automatically load the exams you've passed and their expiration dates. Use the Transition Calculator.
New Item Types and Case Studies
For ARE 5.0, we will be retiring vignettes in favor of two new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place. Plus, each division will include one to two case studies. Watch videos about ARE 5.0’s new question types.
Timeline to ARE 5.0
Check out our timeline on when you can expect study materials, exam details, and other information related to ARE 5.0. Review the timeline to ARE 5.0.
Why ARE 5.0?
NCARB updates the exam every 6-10 years to ensure that it aligns with current practice. Learn about the evolution and development of ARE 5.0.