Watch Now: Preparing for ARE 5.0

With the November 1 launch of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 quickly approaching, we know you have questions about preparing for the transition. During the latest episode of NCARB Live, our experts shared information about NCARB’s new ARE 5.0 resources, exam content and policies, and exclusive study tips.

Watch as NCARB’s Director of Examination Jared N. Zurn, AIA, NCARB, and Manager of Examination Development Nick Respecki, AIA, NCARB, answer questions from ARE candidates.

Plus, here are the answers to your top FAQs from the webinar:

Where can I find resources to prepare for ARE 5.0?

We’ve been working hard to provide all the study materials you need to get ready for ARE 5.0, including:

  • ARE 5.0 Handbook—this helpful document contains division information, study objectives, suggested references, and sample questions.
  • ARE 5.0 Guidelines—the Guidelines include all the information you need about ARE 5.0 policies, scheduling appointments, and completing the exam.
  • ARE 5.0 Community—visit the community for advice from our examination experts, tips from fellow test-takers, and more.
  • ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam—you can access a demo exam through your NCARB Record to get familiar with the new exam format, item types, and tools.
  • ARE 5.0 Test Prep Videos—these videos will walk you through each ARE 5.0 division, complete with sample items and explanations.

NCARB doesn’t endorse any third-party test preparation companies like Kaplan, Brightwood, or Black Spectacles, and we have no control over when they release ARE 5.0 study materials.

What are ARE 5.0 eligibilities, and how do I get them?

Before you can start taking the ARE, you’ll need to request eligibility from your jurisdiction. Your eligibilities indicate that you meet your jurisdiction’s requirements for taking the ARE. If you don’t have eligibilities, you can request them through your NCARB Record.

  • If you’ve already taken an ARE 4.0 division, you have your eligibilities and don’t need to worry about this.
  • If you’d like to start testing in ARE 4.0, you must meet your jurisdiction’s requirements and request eligibilities to test before October 31, 2016. Once you’re approved, you will have the option to test in ARE 4.0 until it is retired in June 2018.
  • If you’d like to start testing in ARE 5.0, you can request your ARE 5.0 eligibilities at any time—now, or after the exam launches on November 1. If you already have ARE 4.0 eligibilities, they will come with you when you transition to ARE 5.0. If you request eligibilities on or after November 1, you will only be able to test in ARE 5.0.

Learn more about requesting eligibility.

How do I strategically transition to ARE 5.0?

By taking a combination of ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 divisions, you could complete the exam in just five divisions. The best plan will depend on your personal situation, so take a look at the Credit Model and the Transition Calculator to decide what’s best for you. Have specific questions about testing strategically? Run your scenario by our experts in the ARE 5.0 Community!

When can I schedule an ARE 5.0 exam?

You can schedule an appointment for an ARE 5.0 division through your NCARB Record once you self-transition to ARE 5.0 after the exam launches on November 1, 2016. You are not able to schedule ARE 5.0 appointments until after November 1. All appointments are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis pending test center availability.

What are the incentives for testing early?

By testing early after ARE 5.0 launches, you will help influence the cut score for each division. This cut score process will delay NCARB’s ability to release initial score reports by 6-10 weeks, but it will also help ensure the score you receive is fair and appropriate.

As a thank you, the first 600 candidates who sit for each ARE 5.0 division will receive a $100 gift card after their exam. There is no limit to how many gift cards you can receive! Test early and you’ll receive a $100 gift card for each division you take.

About the Author

Prior to joining NCARB as a manger of examination development, Nick worked as an architect and designer for several firms in the Washington, DC, area. He has experience in all phases of design and construction, primarily on large-scale university, sports, healthcare, and cultural projects. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Architecture degree from Ball State University. He is licensed to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity.