How to Take the ARE While Completing IDP

If you’re one of the many aspiring architects who’d like to get licensed as soon as possible, you should consider requesting early eligibility. To date, 49 jurisdictions offer early eligibility, or the ability to take the exam while completing the IDP.

Trends show a rise in the number of interns taking advantage of this opportunity. In 2013, around 44 percent of exams were taken while the candidate was completing IDP. So far in 2014, that number has grown to nearly 53 percent. (For more data, stay tuned for the latest edition of NCARB by the Numbers, coming this July!)

If that’s not motivation enough, some firms offer monetary incentives to complete the ARE—including stipends to help cover exam costs or time-off with pay.

Most jurisdictions require the completion of a NAAB-accredited to degree to start testing concurrently; some require that you complete a portion of the IDP. Remember, each jurisdiction sets its own requirements, so it’s a good idea to verify the latest policies with your state board. You can find out if your jurisdiction allows concurrent testing here.

Once you’ve decided to take this route, you can request eligibility to test through your NCARB Record. Don’t have a Record? Learn how to apply for one here

About the Author

I joined NCARB in 2011 as a member of the Records Department, where I resolved both candidate and architect inquiries. In 2013, I was promoted to Manager of Examination Development. Now, I assist in managing the item bank, and I serve as a staff liaison to ARE development committee efforts.