ARE 5.0 Study Materials

Hundreds of candidates have already transitioned to the latest version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), ARE 5.0. For those of you ready to start testing, we compiled a comprehensive list of all our study resources—including exclusive prep videos, a free demo exam, and real-time help from NCARB experts. As a reminder, every candidate who takes an ARE 5.0 division before January 31, 2017, will receive a $100 Visa gift card!

ARE 5.0 Video Prep Videos

Watch our video series to learn about each division, test your knowledge with sample questions, and pick up tips on navigating the new item types.

ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam

Curious about what you’ll experience at the test center? With the Demo Exam—available for free in My NCARB—you can explore ARE 5.0’s interface, test drive the new item types, and practice using the on-screen tools.

ARE 5.0 Community

Through the ARE 5.0 Community, you can get reliable answers from NCARB’s experts (many of whom are architects), share study tips with other candidates, and even start a local study group. Plus, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to transition to ARE 5.0 and schedule an appointment.

ARE 5.0 Handbook

The ARE 5.0 Handbook is your go-to resource for understanding the new exam. The 170-page document includes a breakdown of each division, sample questions, helpful formulas, common abbreviations, and more. It also includes a list of references that our architect volunteers use to write exam questions.

ARE 5.0 Guidelines

An essential resource for every test taker, the ARE 5.0 Guidelines provides an overview of the exam, plus details on scheduling appointment times, what to expect at the test center, receiving your score, and more.

Looking for additional tips and resources? Browse our collection of ARE 5.0 blog posts.

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