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Where can I take the ARE?

Regardless of where you are seeking registration or received eligibility from, 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 Australia (Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Brazil (Brasilia and Rio De Janeiro), England (London), France (Paris, Marseille, and Toulouse), Germany (Berlin and Frankfurt), Greece (Athens), Hong Kong (Kowloon), Italy (Rome), Netherlands (Amsterdam), New Zealand (Auckland), Spain (Madrid), Turkey (Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir), and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi).

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.

When will I receive my score report?

Results for all ARE 5.0 divisions are typically processed within 7 days of your test date. You’ll receive an email notification once your score has been processed and is available to view in your NCARB Record. Learn more about  receiving your score.

When did ARE 4.0 retire?

ARE 4.0 retired on  June 30, 2018. If you were testing in ARE 4.0 and haven't completed the exam yet, you'll need to finish testing in ARE 5.0. You can see which divisions you need to take by logging in to My NCARB and navigating to the "Exams" tab.

When can I start earning experience?

You can start earning AXP experience after you graduate from high school (or the established equivalent).

What tools are available during the exam?

Prometric will provide you with pencils and scratch paper in the testing room. While testing, you will also have on-screen access to resources such as a calculator, necessary formulas, and appropriate structural tables. Learn more about ARE 5.0 reference materials in the Handbook.

What should I do if the experience report my candidate submitted isn’t accurate?

If you do not agree with all the information your candidate has documented, you should return their report for edits. Be sure to review the necessary changes with your candidate and provide feedback that will help them in the future. Once your candidate has made the changes you discussed, they can return the report to you for approval. Learn more about  reviewing experience reports.

What should I do if I experience a technical issue while taking a division?

If you experience a problem with your computer, raise your hand to notify the test center administrator (TCA). If an error message appears on the screen, do not clear the message.

What is the smallest denomination of hours I can enter in the online reporting system?

The smallest increment of time the system will accept is .25 hours, or 15 minutes.