New ARE Guidelines Now Available

July 9, 2015

In a continued effort to refine and improve the testing process of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), NCARB has released a new version of the ARE Guidelines. These guidelines serve as the primary document that outlines the policies and procedures for completing the ARE.

Updates to this edition of the ARE Guidelines include:

  • Page 12: Several personal items related to medical conditions that used to require a testing accommodation are now preapproved to be brought into the testing room. If you require additional accommodations or need to bring other personal items into the testing room, the testing accommodations procedure outlined within the ARE Guidelines must be followed.

  • Page 13: Time allocated for each test section of the ARE remains the same. However, the previously listed 15-minute intro times have been removed from the table, as intro times now vary based on the amount of information the candidate needs to review during each section. This change serves as a reminder that the various intro times of the exam administration are not to be used for any other purpose than to complete the necessary on-screen activities.

    To ensure fair and consistent testing standards are applied to all candidates, all work related to testing should be completed during the given testing time and should not be done during the introductory screen times. Using a candidate-created layout tool or writing notes from memory on the provided scratch paper is acceptable while testing, but must be completed during the testing time and not beforehand. Candidates should not attempt to gain an advantage by completing work before the testing time begins. Any work completed before the testing time begins is subject to confiscation by the test center proctor, and such efforts could result in disciplinary action under the policy for testing irregularities.

  • Page 19: Updated the ARE Candidate Agreement language to reflect the new policy in place as of July 1, 2015.

Download your copy of the ARE Guidelines today!