The launch of ARE 5.0 isn’t until late 2016, but we’ve released the transition information as far in advance as possible to allow candidates who may be transitioned more time to prepare and create a plan.
Benefits of the Transition
We learned several lessons from our last transition, so with the transition plan to ARE 5.0 we’ve made some adjustments that will benefit candidates who will be taking the ARE at the time 5.0 launches:
- Dual Delivery
ARE 4.0 will continue to be available after ARE 5.0 launches in late 2016. There will be at least 18 months of dual delivery before ARE 4.0 is retired 30 June 2018.
ARE candidates who begin testing in ARE 4.0 will have the option to “self-transition” to ARE 5.0 as soon as it launches. This will allow candidates to continue testing in the version that is most convenient for them. However, once you transition to ARE 5.0, you will not be able to transition back to ARE 4.0.
- Tools and Resources
We know each candidate’s testing situation is different, that’s why as we move closer to the launch of ARE 5.0 more interactive tools and resources will be available to help you determine the best strategy for the transition. Stay tuned!
The Credit Model
NCARB’s Examination Committee and test development consultant reviewed the content covered in each of the divisions of ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 to find a reasonable level of alignment. As a result, candidates have the opportunity to receive credit for ARE 5.0 divisions based on ARE 4.0 divisions passed.
Download the ARE 5.0 Credit Model to see how ARE 4.0 will give you credit in ARE 5.0.
There is good news, however; with a strategic approach to completing ARE 4.0 and 5.0, you could finish the exam in five divisions! [Learn more]
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. [ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator]
The Rolling Clock
Before you can decide on how you should test going forward, you need to review your Rolling Clock dates. ARE 4.0 division expiration dates based on the Rolling Clock will remain in effect for the transition to ARE 5.0. The earliest expiration date of any ARE 4.0 division(s) used to create an ARE 5.0 credit will be applied to the credit.
You can view these dates in My Examination. [Log in]