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 ADA accommodations for individuals with disabilities or temporary medical conditions, including pregnancy and nursing. To help candidates through the ADA accommodations process, we’ve developed a one-page guide.

Download the ADA Accommodations Overview

Some of the most common ADA 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. In addition, NCARB provides accommodations for candidates who speak or read English as a second language (ESL) through a separate request form. Learn more about applying for ESL accommodations

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 the 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, 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.

Download and Complete the ADA Accommodations Request Form
Download the form from NCARB’s website and fill it out. If applicable, you may provide:

  • Documentation of any past accommodations to support your request, and/or
  • A specific diagnosis by an appropriately licensed professional that includes a description of the appropriate accommodations for your condition.

Submit the Testing ADA Accommodations Request Form
Submit the completed form, including any documentation, to NCARB at If your jurisdiction is one of those listed on the form, you may need to receive approval from your state licensing board before submitting your form.

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 it 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.