5 Things to Know About ARE 4.0’s Retirement

The retirement of ARE 4.0 is less than ten months away. Here are five things to know as you make your plan to finish the exam.

The last day to take an ARE 4.0 division in a test center is June 30, 2018.

If you have not completed ARE 4.0 by this date, you will need to complete your remaining divisions in ARE 5.0 to satisfy the examination requirement for licensure.

If you are currently testing in ARE 4.0, now is the time to make a plan to finish the exam.

We’ve developed several resources to help you make a plan to finish the exam. The ARE Transition Calculator, the transition credit model, and the ARE 4.0 and 5.0 communities are just a few of the tools that can help you implement a successful strategy.

NCARB’s Customer Relations team is also available to help you understand your individual testing options and make a plan. You can reach them through our Contact Us page, or by calling 202-879-0520 weekdays between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.

Your rolling clock will not change if you transition to ARE 5.0.

You must still complete the test within the requirements of the rolling clock—whether through ARE 4.0, ARE 5.0, or a combination of both. Expiring ARE 4.0 divisions could impact the credits received in ARE 5.0 when transitioning—so make sure you know your rolling clock dates and how they may affect your plan.

Prometric test centers fill up fast, so you will need to plan ahead when scheduling remaining divisions in ARE 4.0.

When the exam transitioned from ARE 3.1 to ARE 4.0, candidates encountered difficulty finding test appointments in the final months before ARE 3.1 retired. NCARB is already working with Prometric in expectation of test centers filling up. When you’re creating your testing plan, make sure you schedule your divisions as soon as possible—especially if you plan to test in May or June.

The ARE retake policy will remain the same. You must wait 60 days before you can retake a previously attempted division of the ARE, and can only take a division three times within 12 months.

This means if you took an ARE 4.0 division since the end of June this year, you will only have up to two more opportunities to take that division between now and June 2018. You will need to take your second attempt before April 30, 2018, to have the option of one more retake before ARE 4.0 retires.