In order to take the ARE, you must:
You should always contact your registration board directly to verify the requirements to gain access to the ARE.
Establishing Your Eligibility to Test
To begin taking the ARE, you must make a request via the ARE tab in your NCARB Record. Your board of architecture will deem you eligible (or via NCARB for boards participating in NCARB's Direct Registration Program), and your board will set your eligibility information in My Examination.
You will receive an automated email notification when you are made eligible to take the ARE and have been granted access to My Examination.
Note: Starting November 1, 2016, candidates requesting initial eligibilities to test will receive ARE 5.0 eligibilities.
Scheduling an Exam
Candidates may take the ARE divisions in any order, and at any time and Prometric location they choose (subject to availability). Most test centers are open six days a week, 50 weeks a year. [more]
Paying for the ARE
The cost of the ARE is $1,470 for seven divisions. For international test centers (outside of North America), the cost of the ARE is $2,170 for seven divisions. These fees are non-refundable. [more]
ARE 4.0 Divisions
ARE 4.0 consists of seven divisions that include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and check-all-that-apply questions, as well as graphic vignettes. [more]
ARE 5.0 Divisions
ARE 5.0 consists of six divisions that include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, check-all-that-apply, hot spot, and drag-and-place questions, as well as case studies. [more]