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In late August 2013, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will launch a new portal within My NCARB for Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) candidates to access their examination information and schedule appointments. The new portal will be located within your NCARB Record and will offer several benefits, such as easy access to your:
The portal will be the place where you schedule exam appointments going forward. You will no longer be able to schedule exams by calling Prometric or through Prometric’s website.
More information will be available to you in the months to come regarding the portal, how to use it, how to access it, all of its benefits, and more.
2013 Blackout: Begins 1 July 2013
In order to facilitate the migration of data to the new consultant, there will be an estimated eight-week blackout for candidates. This means:
There will be no changes to exam content post-blackout. However, the process to schedule an exam appointment and receive score reports will be different.
ARE Rolling Clock
Planning for the Blackout
Authorization will not become inactive if the applicant tests and fails; it will only become inactive if the applicant does not take at least one division every five years. Candidates whose authorizations have become inactive will need to establish new eligibilities under the then current procedures of their registration boards.
ARE Divisions Passed Prior to 2006
If you have divisions that are currently exempt because you passed them prior to 1 January 2006, you will need to complete all divisions of the ARE by 1 July 2014 to prevent them from being affected by this policy. If you do not pass all divisions by 1 July 2014, be advised you may be further impacted by the transition to ARE 4.0 and have additional divisions to pass.
For almost 20 years, NCARB has supported the inclusion of Canadian documents, standards, codes, and terms in all divisions of the ARE. Due to the recent creation and administration of the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC), the number of Canadian candidates taking the ARE has significantly declined. After analyzing this shift in administrations, the NCARB Board of Directors has determined that effective July 2013 the ARE will no longer include the references to Canadian content. The ARE will, however, continue to be delivered in Canada by our testing partner, Prometric, to those Canadian candidates that wish to write the ARE.
If you wish to complete the ARE to satisfy the examination requirement for initial licensure and NCARB certification and prefer to test based on the current examination content (which includes the Canadian references), you still have the opportunity to do so until 30 June 2013. In the event that you fail a division of the ARE, you must still wait a minimum of six months to retest the same division.
If you have any additional questions about this change or how it may impact your licensure process, please contact your provincial or territorial association directly. For a list of contact information, please visit the Canadian Provincial Associations page.
Changed your name?
For states that participate in Direct Registration, you can update your name by contacting NCARB at 202/879-0520. If your state does not participate in Direct Registration, you'll need to contact your state board directly. Once you've changed your name with the proper organization, contact the ARE Helpline at 800/896-2272 to obtain a new Authorization to Test letter.
Need to Reschedule?
What happens if you are unable to reschedule and end up missing an exam?
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