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Will the content/length of online-proctored exams be the same as the exams administered at the test center?

Yes! Candidates testing online will experience the same exam as candidates testing in person, with the same number of items, same testing length, and same exam content and objectives.

Will the changes necessary to enable online proctoring make the exam easier or harder?

Neither. The content you will be assessed on when you take an ARE division, as well as the proportion of items each content area takes up on the exam, are not changing. Note: Because the exam length is changing, NCARB will need to set a new cut score after the online proctoring option launches. However, the cut score for each division will be set at the current difficulty level of the corresponding division.

Will NCARB-approved materials improve my chances to pass the ARE?

While  NCARB-approved materials  are verified to appropriately cover the key elements of the division, passing the ARE typically requires a combination of education, experience, and studying. Therefore, NCARB does not guarantee that the use of approved materials will result in a passing score.

Will NCARB consider altering its leadership structure to allow for greater diversity?

To address the NCARB volunteer leadership culture, NCARB’s volunteer-led Diversity Collaborative Task Force is in the process of drafting suggestions for adjustments to the leadership path that will help further support equity, diversity, and inclusion within our volunteer and leadership structure. We hope these efforts will result in increased diversity in our Board and larger volunteer community not only in terms of race, but also in age, gender, background, education, experience, and more.

While appreciative that we have more work to do, we're excited to share that our next incoming president, Alfred Vidaurri, will be the first Latino president in NCARB’s history. In addition, four of our six regional chairs are now filled by women which will lead to increased gender diversity in the short term.

Will my passed ARE 4.0 divisions transfer to ARE 5.0?

The ARE 5.0 Credit Model shows how passed ARE 4.0 divisions will transfer to 5.0. You can also use our Transition Calculator, available in My NCARB, to see the 5.0 credits you will receive if you've passed 4.0 division(s) and plan to transfer to 5.0.

Will I have access to scratch paper during my online-proctored exam?

Once the option for online proctoring launches on December 14, candidates testing online and in person will no longer have access to physical, paper-and-pencil scratch paper. Candidates will be able to use an online option instead; more details regarding this tool will be available in mid-November.

Will I be able to test online if I’m located internationally?

Yes. Prometric (as well as future exam vendor PSI) offers online-proctored exam times around the globe 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. If your testing environment meets the technical and environmental requirements set by NCARB and Prometric, you will be able to test—regardless of your current global location.

Will I be able to take breaks during online-proctored exams?

Yes, you will be able to take a break during an online-proctored exam appointment. Keep in mind, you will need to complete the check-in process again after any break. In addition, you will be unable to access any exam items viewed prior to your break for security reasons.

Will I be able to see my provisional scores after an online proctored exam?

Yes, the option to view provisional feedback will be available in both test centers and remotely proctored environments. However, if you test within the first four weeks of launch, your score report will likely be delayed while a cut score is set, and provisional scoring will not be available. 

Why doesn’t NCARB provide more feedback on score reports?

On a failing score report, you will find descriptive feedback about your level of performance on each section of the division. Descriptive feedback is not provided on passing score reports as the exam is designed to assess your ability to practice architecture—not to be used as a “teaching tool.”