- 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 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.
- 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.”
- Why does NCARB offer two versions of the exam?
NCARB will offer two versions of the exam, ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0, until 4.0 retires on June 30, 2018. This overlap provides candidates plenty of time to complete the exam in 4.0, 5.0, or a combination of the two.
- Why do I have to sign a “Candidate Agreement?”
To ensure the exam’s integrity, you will be required to accept the Candidate Agreement before each division. Any inappropriate access to or disclosure of ARE content may result in severe disciplinary action, including the suspension of testing privileges and/or the cancellation of scores. Learn more about the Candidate Agreement.
- Who should I contact to start the registration process with a foreign country?
If you would like to pursue licensure through one of our mutual recognition arrangements, review the signatory jurisdictions to ensure your jurisdiction is a participant. Once you have met the requirements for eligibility:
- If you would like to earn a reciprocal license in Canada, simply login to your NCARB Record and select “Request Transmittal of your NCARB Record” to get started.
- If you would like to earn a reciprocal license in Australia, Mexico, or New Zealand, please contact our Customer Relations team.
- Who is my AXP supervisor?
Your AXP supervisor manages you on a daily basis and is ultimately responsible for your work. Their main task is to assign projects that give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the AXP, as well as provide feedback that helps guide your professional development. Your supervisor will also review your experience reports and certify that your work meets the expectations and requirements of the AXP. Learn more about your supervisor’s role.
- Who develops the ARE?
The ARE is developed by NCARB with the help of hundreds of licensed volunteers from across the country. Throughout the year, these volunteers write new questions and review current questions to ensure they meet quality standards.
- Where can I take the ARE?
Regardless of where you are seeking registration, you can take the ARE at most Prometric test centers. The exam is offered at Prometric test centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as London, Hong Kong, and Abu Dhabi.
- Where can I find the latest information about the ARE?