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To ensure that all candidates have access to affordable, high quality study materials, NCARB has created a full-length, fully scored practice exam for each division of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).
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Blogs & Press Releases
ARE Update: Get the Latest ARE 5.0 Guidelines
To help you better prepare for your Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) appointment and better understand exam policies, we’ve updated the
Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning becomes first HBCU to join IPAL Initiative
Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) has been accepted to join the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL)
How to View Provisional Feedback for the ARE
Follow these steps to view provisional feedback before exiting your exam.
Total Number of Architects Stagnant Amid Pandemic Challenges
Washington, DC—The number of architects licensed in the United States in 2021 stayed the same when compared to 2020, while the number of architects
Top 10 Tips to Consider Before Pursuing Your Architecture License
Members of our community share tips and wisdom about the licensure path.
United States and United Kingdom Ratify Reciprocity Agreement for Architects
Austin, TX—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)’s Member Boards have passed a resolution ratifying a new Mutual Recog
Start NCARB Record
By creating an NCARB Record, you can keep track of your education, career progress, exam history, and licensing information.
Data & Resources
ARE 5.0 Guidelines
Includes exam policies, scheduling instructions, and more for candidates testing with PSI. Updated September 2022.
This document includes steps to completing the AXP, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and more. Last updated May 2020.
This document outlines the requirements for NCARB certification for U.S., Canadian, and foreign architects. Last updated July 2022.
Earn an NCARB Certificate
With this credential, architects can easily apply for out-of-state licenses, plus access to free continuing education courses.