Getting Started With the ARE

 Architect Registration Examination 

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]

Related Publications


ARE Guidelines
Updated November 2016! The ARE 4.0 Guidelines is essential reading for anyone preparing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The document includes an overview of the exam divisions as well as the exam program, the rolling clock, exam eligibility, and five steps to taking and completing the ARE.

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Related Content

Ready to Take the ARE?
If you have an active NCARB Record and have fulfilled all of your jurisdiction’s requirements, you can place your request to take the ARE through the “My NCARB” section of our website. It’s quick and easy!

Establish an NCARB Record
Learn how to establish an NCARB Record.

Related FAQs

Am I eligible to sit for the ARE prior to completion of the AXP?

At NCARB's 2007 Annual Business Meeting, registration boards voted to allow licensure candidates to sit for the ARE while participating in the AXP. Currently, 50 of the 54 registration boards allow this overlap. The approved resolution also requires all candidates to establish an NCARB Record prior to being made eligible for the exam (regardless of allowing the ARE during the AXP). Contact your board to determine the status of this eligibility rule for your jurisdiction.

Can my eligibility period be changed or extended? It may be possible to extend or change your eligibility to take an exam. Your board of architecture is responsible for establishing eligibility periods. You must call your board (or NCARB for Direct Registration candidates) for any changes.

When is the computer-based exam given?

You have the opportunity to test in any order at any time you choose once you have been approved to take the exam. Test centers are open Monday through Saturday, but hours may vary from test center to test center. Contact the test center of your choice to determine their hours of operation. Visit Prometric's website to find a test center near you.