Update: Due to an overwhelming amount of interest, the application for pilot testers has now closed. 

To make sure the migration to our new exam delivery vendor goes as smoothly as possible, NCARB is inviting candidates to help pilot test the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) with PSI. By participating in pilot testing, you can help identify and solve any possible problems, plus, you’ll get to test for free!

Who Can Pilot Test

We’re looking for a wide variety of candidates to help pilot test the exam. To be eligible, you must:

  • Have active eligibilities to take the ARE
  • Not have any exam appointments scheduled with Prometric on or after March 21
  • Not be waiting for a score report after March 21

To fully test the exam, we need candidates:

  • With and without accommodations
  • Testing online and at test centers
  • In the United States and internationally
  • Taking a variety of ARE divisions

How to Sign Up

Log in to your NCARB Record and click on the “Exams” tab. You should see a pop-up asking if you’d like to volunteer for pilot testing. Fill out the questionnaire to sign up!

Keep in mind, spots are limited, and signing up does not guarantee that you will be selected to participate in pilot testing. You can sign up for more than one division, but most candidates will only be selected to take one division. When deciding if you’d like to volunteer to test in person or online, we recommend browsing the list of PSI test centers first.

NCARB will close the sign-up form once enough candidates volunteer.

How Pilot Testing Works

  1. NCARB will select 300-400 candidates from the list of volunteers to migrate, schedule, and take an exam during the operational pilot.
  2. If you are selected, you’ll be notified in mid-to-late February with instructions on how to migrate to PSI. Remember, migration is a one-way process. You will not be able to migrate back to Prometric.
  3. You’ll receive a free exam seat to use when scheduling your appointment.
  4. You must take your exam during the pilot testing window: April 9 - 23, 2022. The exam seat will expire if not used during the pilot testing window. 
  5. NCARB will monitor pilot testers’ appointments and results to ensure there aren’t any errors or issues and to quickly troubleshoot any that do occur.
  6. You will be asked to provide feedback about your experience migrating, scheduling, and testing with PSI.
  7. Your exam will be scored and count toward your ARE progress just like any other division, whether you pass or fail.

Once pilot testing ends on April 23, you will not be able to sit for another ARE division until NCARB completes the migration to PSI in late spring/early summer 2022. If your exam strategy and timing require you to test during late April – May 2022, you should not volunteer for pilot testing. 

Preparing for a Pilot Exam

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for a pilot exam. The exam’s structure, format, navigation, tools, and content aren’t changing with the migration to PSI, so you can continue preparing to test as you would normally.

We recommend reviewing the information on PSI’s webpage about what to expect on test day so you can be ready for the check-in process, whether at a PSI test center or in PSI’s online proctoring platform.

Participating in the Pilot

If you’re selected to participate in pilot testing, NCARB will communicate with you directly throughout the process so we can understand what, if any, aspects of the PSI migration and testing experience can be improved. It is important that all pilot testers stay in communication with NCARB so we can best support you and all future candidates testing with PSI.

You’ll receive emails from AREpilot@ncarb.org, so please add this email to your contact list, and check your spam and junk filters.

PSI COVID-19 Policies

If you’re planning to pilot test with PSI, please review their COVID-19 policies and requirements.

Like Prometric, PSI follows state and regional mandates to set COVID-19 policies at their individual test centers. In addition, PSI requires all individuals at their testing centers to wear an approved face covering for the duration of their time at the location, including test takers and test center staff, regardless of local policies.