ARE 5.0

New Era for the ARE

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 launched November 1, 2016, and incorporates the latest testing technology.

ARE 5.0 Division Structure

ARE 5.0 includes six standalone divisions that more closely align with current architectural practice. Each division includes 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.

Transition Plan

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.

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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 retired vignettes in favor of two new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place. Plus, each division includes one to two case studies. Watch videos about ARE 5.0’s new question types

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.

Related Publications

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ARE 5.0 Guidelines
Updated November 2016! The ARE 5.0 Guidelines include an introduction to the exam, an overview of appointment times, plus five steps to completing the exam.

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ARE 5.0 Handbook
Updated November 2016! The ARE 5.0 Handbook includes a breakdown of each division, sample questions, suggested study resources, and more.

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ARE 5.0 Credit Model
The divisions of ARE 4.0 are mapped to the divisions of ARE 5.0 to ensure competency of candidates that may complete the ARE through a combination of divisions in both versions.

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Your Guide to ARE 5.0
ARE 5.0 will launch on November 1, 2016. The six-division exam will include case studies that simulate real-world practice, incorporate new testing technologies, and feature a format that more closely aligns with modern practice.

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NCARB Announces ARE 5.0 Launch Date
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Related FAQs

Is ARE 5.0 going to be harder?

No. ARE 5.0 will not be easier or harder than ARE 4.0. It is going to be different in that NCARB will be using different question types to assess a candidate’s understanding of the knowledge and skills being tested through the ARE.

Will there still be graphic vignettes on the exam?

ARE 5.0 is expected to take advantage of new tools and technology in the testing industry. The division structure for ARE 5.0 incorporates graphics throughout the exam through new performance item types like hot spots (candidates are presented a question asking them to identify the correct location, or “hot spot,” on a response image) instead of through the current graphic vignettes. These new item types allow for testing at higher levels of cognition through analytical, synthetic, and evaluative exercises—which will be more like what an architect does as part of regular practice. 

How was ARE 4.0 mapped to ARE 5.0?

NCARB’s Examination Committee, consisting of subjectmatter expert, architects and psychometricians from our test development consultant, mapped the content in ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0. Grounded in the science of testing, they used the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture as a guide to compare ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0 to look for a reasonable level of alignment. You can view the credit model here.