ARE 5.0

New Era for the ARE

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 launched November 1, 2016, and incorporates the latest testing technology.

ARE 5.0 Division Structure

ARE 5.0 includes six standalone divisions that more closely align with current architectural practice. Each division includes at least 80 questions, one to two case studies, and new question types to replace vignettes. Learn more about ARE 5.0’s division structure.

Transition Plan

With our test development consultant, NCARB mapped ARE 4.0’s divisions to those in ARE 5.0 to ensure competency of candidates who may complete the ARE through a combination of both exams. Candidates who begin testing in ARE 4.0, but do not complete all divisions, will receive appropriate credit for divisions in ARE 5.0 when they transition to ARE 5.0.

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ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator

Our interactive calculator can help you create a personalized testing strategy by showing how 4.0 divisions will be credited in ARE 5.0. Log in to My NCARB, and we’ll automatically load the exams you've passed and their expiration dates. Use the Transition Calculator.

New Item Types and Case Studies

For ARE 5.0, we retired vignettes in favor of two new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place. Plus, each division includes one to two case studies. Watch videos about ARE 5.0’s new question types

Why ARE 5.0?

NCARB updates the exam every 6-10 years to ensure that it aligns with current practice. Learn about the evolution and development of ARE 5.0.

Related Publications

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ARE 5.0 Guidelines
Updated November 2016! The ARE 5.0 Guidelines include an introduction to the exam, an overview of appointment times, plus five steps to completing the exam.

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ARE 5.0 Handbook
Updated November 2016! The ARE 5.0 Handbook includes a breakdown of each division, sample questions, suggested study resources, and more.

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ARE 5.0 Credit Model
The divisions of ARE 4.0 are mapped to the divisions of ARE 5.0 to ensure competency of candidates that may complete the ARE through a combination of divisions in both versions.

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Your Guide to ARE 5.0
ARE 5.0 will launch on November 1, 2016. The six-division exam will include case studies that simulate real-world practice, incorporate new testing technologies, and feature a format that more closely aligns with modern practice.

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Related FAQs

Why is the division structure different from ARE 4.0?

These divisions are a change from the current seven division structure in an effort to align the divisions of the ARE with the more commonly defined professional architecture activities of practice management, project management, and project design. The Test Specification was strongly informed by the results of the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture. This comprehensive study included multiple surveys designed to engage architects—the most appropriate representatives of the profession—in the evaluation of tasks and knowledge/ skills required of an independent practitioner.

When will I get my score in ARE 5.0?

Initial ARE 5.0 score reports will be delayed by approximately 6-10 weeks. Read more about the ARE 5.0 cut score process.

Is ARE 5.0 the right path forward for the examination?

All of the proposed item types for ARE 5.0 have been judged by outside testing experts to be psychometrically justifiable for purposes of the program. The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999) requires test developers to collect evidence that supports the intended interpretations and uses of test scores. Such evidence is typically collected to ensure that the test is measuring the intended knowledge and skills (validity), in a consistent manner (reliability) that is
appropriate for all examinees (fairness).

The proposed direction for ARE 5.0 was informed by:

  • Multi-year efforts by the Research & Development Subcommittee with additional support from the Graphics Grading Subcommittee
  • Expert psychometric advice
  • Research conducted by a multi-disciplinary staff project team
  • Emerging technology, including interviews of industry leaders
  • Results of the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture