At the end of April, NCARB’s new score validity policy will go into effect for passed Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) divisions. We’ve updated the ARE 5.0 Guidelines to reflect the details of the new policy; like the score validity policy, the updated Guidelines will go into effect on May 1, 2023.

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About the Score Validity Policy

Under the score validity policy, passing ARE divisional scores will remain valid throughout the delivery of the exam version under which they were taken (e.g., ARE 5.0). They’ll also be used to establish credit toward the immediately following version of the exam (e.g., ARE 6.0). As part of this change, previously expired ARE 4.0 divisions will be reinstated for candidates who are seeking licensure from jurisdictions that do not have their own rolling clock requirement.

If the jurisdiction where you are seeking licensure has a rolling clock requirement, you will still be subject to their rolling clock, and any expired ARE 4.0 divisions won’t be reinstated.

Guidelines Updates

Here’s a comprehensive list of the changes NCARB has made to the latest edition of the ARE 5.0 Guidelines:

  • Score Validity Policy: We’ve replaced the “Rolling Clock” section of the Guidelines with a new “Score Validity Policy” section and removed references to the rolling clock policy throughout.
  • $50 Rebate for First Online-Proctored Appointment: NCARB will discontinue the $50 rebate for candidates taking their first online proctored appointment effective July 1, 2023. This upcoming change is now noted in the Guidelines.
  • Score Reports: Previous divisional passes and the related rolling clock information will no longer show on ARE 5.0 score reports, unless you are seeking licensure from a jurisdiction with a rolling clock requirement. The section of the Guidelines that details how to read a score report now explains this difference.

For more information about the score validity policy, read these answers to frequently asked questions or watch our latest webinar.