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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.

When will I receive my score report?

Results for all divisions are typically processed within two weeks 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 will ARE 4.0 retire?

ARE 4.0 will be available until June 30, 2018.

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 4.0 reference materials in the Exam Guides | 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.

What is the reporting requirement?

All AXP experience must be reported within a specific period of time, known as the reporting requirement. To earn full credit for your work, you must submit experience within eight months. Specifically, you will submit experience in reporting periods of no longer than six months and within two months of completing each reporting period. Experience reported beyond this eight-month period—and as far as five years back—is still eligible to receive 50 percent credit toward the AXP.