ARE 5.0 will launch in late 2016 and incorporate new testing technologies to replace the graphic vignette software, which has been in use since the exam was computerized in 1997. This new version will have six divisions that align closer to how an architect practices today.
ARE 5.0 Division Structure
The future exam will include six divisions, and each will be standalone, single test administrations. This structure results from an effort to align the ARE with the more commonly defined professional architect activities of practice management, project management, and project design. [More]
Subject-matter expert architects and our test development consultant Alpine Testing Solutions 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.
[Transition Plan] [Credit Model]
Need help or advice? Use the interactive ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator to help find your best plan for completing the ARE—whether it is in ARE 4.0, a combination of 4.0 and 5.0, or waiting for 5.0. You can log in through My NCARB to import your current testing information, including your Rolling Clock dates. Questions? Our customer service can help!
[ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator]
New Item Types and Case Studies
The new structure incorporates graphics throughout the exam via new “performance item types” that have candidates perform exercises similar to what an architect does as part of regular practice. Additionally, the incorporation of case studies is anticipated to be implemented in all proposed divisions and will allow more in-depth analysis of architectural scenarios by candidates.
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 to be released. [Timeline]
Why ARE 5.0?
The Council updates the exam every 6-10 years to ensure that it aligns with current practice. Learn why we are moving to ARE 5.0 and how we are developing the exam. [More]
Leading up to the launch of ARE 5.0 in 2016, NCARB will provide ongoing updates to candidates about the development of ARE 5.0 as well as tips and resources to help prepare for the transition to the future exam.
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