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. You can learn more about the process of applying for an accommodation in the ARE Guidelines.

Explore ADA Accommodations

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.

Pre-Approved Medical Devices for the ARE

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.

How to Apply for ADA Accommodations 

To apply for an ADA testing accommodation, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the ADA Accommodations Request Form Via My NCARB: Log in to My NCARB and navigate to the Exams tab to review and complete the ADA Accommodations Request Form. If applicable, you may provide: a) Documentation of any past accommodations to support your request, and/or b) A specific diagnosis by an appropriately licensed professional that includes a description of the appropriate accommodations for your condition.
  2. Receive Accommodations Approval: Accommodations must be approved prior to the scheduling of an exam appointment. Do not attempt to schedule an appointment before receiving written approval. Please allow 7-10 business days for NCARB to process your request. If your request must be submitted to your board, the process may take longer.
  3. Schedule Your Appointment: Once you have been approved for testing accommodations, you will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment. While some appointments may be able to be scheduled through your NCARB Record, depending on the accommodation, it may be necessary to schedule by phone. Do not attempt to schedule any exam appointments until you receive written notification that accommodations have been approved.