Scheduling An Exam
All divisions of the ARE are administered exclusively on computers at Prometric test centers, year-round throughout the United States; U.S. territories; Canada; London, England; Hong Kong, People's Republic of China (PRC); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Candidates may take the divisions in any order, and at any time and location they choose (subject to availability). Most test centers are open six days a week, 50 weeks a year.
After you have been authorized to test, you can begin scheduling exam appointments via My Examination.
Scheduled Appointment Times
Appointment times range from four to six hours. You should schedule your appointment a few weeks in advance to have the best chance of reserving an appointment at your preferred test center. [more]
All Prometric test centers are designed to accommodate people with disabilities. Testing accommodations will only be made with authorization from your registration board or NCARB if your board participates in the Direct Registration program. See the ARE 4.0 Guidelines for more information.
ARE Exam Fees
The cost of the ARE is $1,470 for seven divisions (for test centers in North America). For international test centers outside of North America, the fee is $2,170 for seven divisions. These fees are non-refundable. [more]
ARE 4.0 Divisions
The ARE consists of seven divisions that include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and check-all-that-apply questions as well as graphic vignettes. [more]
At the Test Center
You should arrive 30 minutes before your exam and bring personal identification as stipulated in the ARE 4.0 Guidelines. Also, there are procedures in place should you experience a technical problem at the test center. [more]
All divisions of the ARE must be passed within five years as stipulated in the ARE 4.0 Guidelines and the Certification Guidelines. [more]
NCARB takes upholding the integrity of the ARE very seriously. Every candidate must review and accept the Confidentiality Agreement before being allowed to take each division. [more]
Receiving Your Score
Results for all divisions are typically processed within four to six weeks of your test date and then made available to you via your registration board or NCARB. [more]
Whom to Contact If...
Find out who to call (NCARB or your board of architecture) if you have questions about your eligibility to test, the Rolling Clock, scheduling an exam, testing accommodations, and technical issues experienced while testing. [more]