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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.

Where can I find the latest information about the ARE?

Stay up-to-date on the latest ARE news by subscribing to our free e-newsletters, ARE Update and Destination Architect.

Where can I find ARE 5.0 study materials?

NCARB’s ARE 5.0 Handbook includes a breakdown of each division, sample questions, suggested study resources, and more. You can also find real-time advice from NCARB’s experts on the ARE 5.0 Community, as well as exclusive prep videos on our YouTube channel.

Where can I find ARE 4.0 study materials?

NCARB offers a free exam guide and practice program for each ARE 4.0 division. You can also find real-time advice from NCARB’s experts, plus exclusive prep videos, on the ARE 4.0 Community.

What is the Approved Test Prep Provider Program?

NCARB launched the Approved Test Prep Provider Program to help candidates better prepare for ARE 5.0. Through this initiative, test prep companies can submit study materials to an NCARB committee of volunteer architects for review.

How do I know if test prep materials are NCARB-approved?

Approved materials will be listed here. These materials will also use NCARB’s Test Prep Provider logo to designate their status.

How can I take an ARE 5.0 practice test?

You can access the free ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam, which includes 20 practice questions, through My NCARB.

How can I practice using the ARE 4.0 vignette software?

You can access the free practice programs virtually through My NCARB or install the practice program for each division. Please note: installing the individual practice programs requires Windows XP Mode, which you can download from Microsoft’s website.

Does NCARB review and/or recommend ARE study materials?

NCARB does not currently review or recommend any third-party study materials. However, you can find suggested ARE 4.0 reference materials in the Exam Guides and ARE 5.0 reference materials in the Handbook.

Does NCARB recommend any third-party ARE 5.0 study materials?

Yes—you can find a list of NCARB-approved materials here. We also encourage candidates to take advantage of NCARB’s study resources, including the ARE 5.0 Handbook, ARE 5.0 Community, and Test Prep Video Series.