Taking the ARE

Taking the ARE
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 for ARE 4.0 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]

Testing Accommodations

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 ARE 4.0 is $1,470 for seven divisions (for domestic and international test centers). 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]

Rolling Clock

All divisions of the ARE must be passed within five years as stipulated in the ARE 4.0 Guidelines and the Certification Guidelines. [more]

Exam Security

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]

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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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!

Preparing for the ARE
NCARB Exam Guides and practice software for each division.