Construction & Evaluation (CE) focuses on construction contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation of projects. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in construction contract execution, construction support services (including construction observation and shop drawing or submittal review), payment request processing, and project closeout, as well as project evaluation of integrated building systems and their performance.

Construction & Evaluation Details
Items Test Duration Appointment Time
95 3 hr 15 min 4 hr

Each ARE 5.0 division appointment includes one optional 15-minute break, which you can take at any time.  
Preparing for Construction & Evaluation? You can find more details, sample questions, and suggested references in our ARE 5.0 Handbook, and prep series video
CE includes sections on the following content areas: 

  • Preconstruction Activities
    • Interpret the architect’s roles and responsibilities during preconstruction based on delivery method 
    • Analyze criteria for selecting contractors 
    • Analyze aspects of the contract or design to adjust project costs
  • Construction Observation 
    • Evaluate the architect’s role during construction activities 
    • Evaluate construction conformance with contract documents, codes, regulations, and sustainability requirements 
    • Determine construction progress
  • Administrative Procedures & Protocols
    • Determine appropriate additional information to supplement contract documents 
    • Evaluate submittals including shop drawings, samples, mock-ups, product data, and test results 
    • Evaluate the contractor’s application for payment 
    • Evaluate responses to non-conformance with contract documents
  • Project Closeout & Evaluation 
    • Apply procedural concepts to complete close-out activities 
    • Evaluate building design and performance