New ARE Guidelines and ARE Exam Guides

Review the New ARE Guidelines and ARE Exam Guides

ARE 4.0 Exam Guides

Effective October 2014, new ARE Guidelines and the Exam Guides for all seven divisions of ARE 4.0 are now available.

Download the Updated ARE 4.0 Exam Guides HERE.

The new ARE documents supersede all previous editions of the ARE 4.0 Exam Guides. Please check the NCARB website regularly for future updates to these documents, along with the most current information regarding the ARE.

What’s new:

  • In all seven divisions, the list of references have been updated. Reference lists were updated based on last year’s pool review process. The revised list reflects the books and materials used most often in the creation of content for a division. (Please note, it is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all possible reference materials for each division.)
  • The Content Area percentages and the descriptions of Knowledge/Skills have also been updated for all seven divisions. These minor revisions are a result of the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture and properly represent how each division is assembled.

What’s the same:

  • No changes have been made to the sampling passing solutions or sample failing solutions of the vignette examples in any of the divisions.
  • Also, no changes have been made to the sample multiple choice questions or answers.
ARE Guidelines

Download the Updated ARE Guidelines HERE.

Effective October 2014, this document supersedes all previous editions of the ARE Guidelines. Please download and review it in its entirety to make sure you understand the policies and procedures required in administering the exam. These include: exam eligibilities, scheduling an exam appointment, the Rolling Clock, check-in and biometrics at the test center, and the confidentiality agreement.

This update also includes an explanation of the new retake policy, effective October 1, and minor updates to screen shots on exiting the exam.