Transitioning from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0 isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. That’s why we created a number of tools and resources to help you find the best approach.

ARE 5.0 launched on November 1, 2016, but we’ll continue to offer ARE 4.0 (including all the study materials and practice programs) until June 30, 2018—leaving you plenty of time to finish in 4.0, if that’s what’s best for you.

Explore key differences between ARE 4.0 and 5.0.

Planning Your Transition to 5.0

Switching to 5.0 comes with benefits: by taking a combination of 4.0 and 5.0 exams, you could complete the ARE in as few as five divisions. Plus, the new exam format eliminates the need to prepare for vignettes. Start your transition plan by taking a look at our ARE 5.0 Credit Model. This map shows how the 4.0 divisions correspond to 5.0 divisions, so you can make a plan to finish the exam.

Need a more personalized breakdown? Log in to My NCARB and use our Transition Calculator to see how your credits will look in 5.0—including expiration dates for passed divisions.

Testing Strategically

Once you’ve looked at your ARE 5.0 credits, you can create a transition plan. There are several ways to test strategically in 5.0, including:

  • Take Construction Documents & Services and Programming, Planning & Practice in ARE 4.0. These two divisions will give you credit for three divisions in ARE 5.0, leaving you with just Programming & Analysis, Project Planning & Design, and Project Development & Documentation to take in 5.0.
  • Take Construction Documents & Services, Programming, Planning & Practice, and Site Planning & Design in ARE 4.0. These three divisions will give you credit for four divisions in ARE 5.0, leaving you with just Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation to take in 5.0.

Ready to make the switch? Just log in to your NCARB Record, go to My Examination, and select “Transition.”

Transition Tips

Before you transition, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Your rolling clock transitions with you. This means your 4.0 divisions will keep their expiration dates in 5.0.
  • You can’t switch back to 4.0. Once you transition to ARE 5.0, you can’t go back to 4.0—so make sure you have a plan to finish the exam before you transition.