Subcommittee Dives Into Comprehensive Review of ARE Items


3 October 2013

Washington, DC—Last week, licensed architects—along with specialists in engineering, building codes, and legal issues—met to begin reviewing items for the next version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). As volunteers on the ARE Item Development Subcommittee, members will lead a comprehensive review of every item from all seven divisions, which totals more than 9,000 questions. In a continued effort to ensure the exam remains psychometrically justifiable and relevant to current practice, sub-groups will scrutinize each question. Items that successfully meet a set of detailed criteria will be used in future versions of the exam, while “poor performing” items will be retired.

“We have a very committed group of volunteers who provide invaluable levels of expertise, ensuring the ARE continues to reflect the evolving profession,” said Examination Development Assistant Director Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB.

The subcommittee convened on the heels of the ARE 5.0 Test Specification Task Force, a group architects charged with determining the knowledge and skills that will be measured in future divisions.