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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Finding Your Strategic Testing Approach
There is good news. There is a strategic approach to taking ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 that can help you manage the transition efficiently—and have you complete the ARE in as few as five divisions.
Step 1: Take Construction Documents & Services (CDS)
This will earn you one credit in ARE 5.0: Construction & Evaluation.
Step 2: Take Programming, Planning & Practice (PPP)
Combined with CDS, this will earn you two credits in ARE 5.0: Practice Management and Project Management.
Step 3: Take Site Planning & Design (SPD)
Combined with PPP, this will earn you one credit in ARE 5.0: Programming & Analysis.
Step 4: Determine if you should continue in ARE 4.0 or transition to ARE 5.0
There are several factors to consider when making this decision:
- Your Rolling Clock
- Other divisions you have already passed in ARE 4.0
- The November 1 launch date. Don’t delay your goal of becoming licensed—keep testing with the goal to complete ARE 4.0. Be strategic to maximize ARE 5.0 credits if you happen to not complete ARE 4.0 and choose to transition.
Step 5: Finish ARE 4.0 divisions in any order or transition to ARE 5.0
- By being strategic you could eventually transition to ARE 5.0 and only have two divisions left to take: Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation.
- If you transition to ARE 5.0, you will not be able to transition back to ARE 4.0.