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.
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.