How to Request Exam Accommodations

NCARB is committed to making sure the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) is equitable and accessible, which is why we work with our testing partners to provide accommodations for individuals with disabilities or temporary medical conditions. To help candidates through the accommodations process, we’ve developed a one-page guide.

Download the Accommodations Overview

Some of the most common accommodations include a separate testing room, additional testing time, or additional break time during your exam appointment. There are also accommodations available for left-handed candidates (such as a left-handed mouse), or individuals who have a medical condition that limits their use of the digital whiteboard.

Keep in mind, there are some limitations to the accommodations that NCARB and our partners can provide, and not all accommodations are available if you are testing via online proctoring.

Getting Started
Before you apply, review our Accommodations Overview and ARE 5.0 Guidelines for more information about the process. If you are wondering whether you can have a common medical device or item with you during your exam, you’ll find a list of pre-approved items in the guidelines—including medical masks, casts, continuous glucose monitors, and more.

You should talk with your healthcare provider or other appropriate licensed professional before starting the application process, so you both have a good understanding of the accommodation you’re requesting.

An important reminder: Accommodations can’t be retroactively applied to previously scheduled appointments, so do not schedule any exam appointments until you receive written notification that accommodations have been approved.

Contact NCARB
Please reach out to NCARB in writing via our contact us form to request your accommodation. Depending on the jurisdiction that granted your eligibility to test, you may need to make your request directly to your board; if this is the case, we’ll let you know what your next steps are.

Submit the Testing Accommodations Request Form
After we receive your message, NCARB will provide you with a Testing Accommodations Request Form, which you and your healthcare provider (or other appropriately licensed professional) will need to complete and return. If applicable, you can provide documentation of other accommodations received to support your application.

Receive Accommodations Approval
NCARB will review your request and let you know in writing when your accommodation has been approved. This typically takes 7-10 business days, but may take longer if your local licensing board has to approve your request. If it has been more than 10 business days since you submitted your application, please contact us.

Schedule Your Appointment
Once you have been approved for testing accommodations, you will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment. Certain accommodations, such as a screen reader and separate testing room, are not available for online appointments, but can still be provided at a test center. If this applies to your accommodation, NCARB will let you know during the accommodations request process.