What to Expect 

We use Prometric test centers to keep the ARE fair and secure. On your appointment day, you should be ready to: 

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes early
  • Present a valid photo ID (must include your signature)  
  • Have your picture taken 
  • Have your fingertip scanned 
  • Have any eyeglasses, jewelry, and/or other accessories inspected 
  • Be scanned by a metal detector or wand 
  • Leave your personal items outside the testing room  

For more details on this process, including a full list of accepted forms of ID, see the ARE 5.0 Guidelines. 

Technical Difficulties 

If you see an error message or experience a computer problem while you’re taking the exam, let the test center staff know immediately. Raise your hand and the test center administrator will come to assist you. 
 
If the technical difficulties cannot be resolved, your exam will be rescheduled at no cost.

Reporting Concerns

If you have any testing concerns after your appointment, be sure to file a report with the test center administrator AND contact us immediately to let us know.  
 
You should NOT wait until you receive your test results to contact us. Concerns must be received within 15 days of your appointment date.

Testing Accommodations

Do you have a condition or situation that requires accommodations? NCARB is committed to ensuring the availability of reasonable accommodations by making feasible modifications to our examination procedures for candidates with documented conditions.

In order to protect exam security, maintain the validity of the exam, and meet the overall delivery capabilities of the ARE, there are limits to the accommodations that NCARB and Prometric are able to provide. Common examples of reasonable accommodations include additional breaks, extended testing time (up to 50 percent longer for ARE 5.0), and testing in a separate room within the test center. To ensure fairness to all candidates while remaining consistent with ADA principles, NCARB will not grant requests that will alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge that the ARE is intended to test or result in an undue burden on NCARB or Prometric.

Accommodations must be approved prior to the scheduling of an exam appointment.

You must make your request directly to your board of architecture, or to NCARB if your board participates in Direct Registration. View the list of Direct Registration jurisdictions. Contact us to receive the testing accommodations request form.

You may be asked to provide documentation of past accommodations, if any, and a specific diagnosis by an appropriately licensed professional that includes a description of the accommodations that are appropriate for your condition. Once you have been approved for testing accommodations, you will receive notification and instructions on how to make an appointment. DO NOT attempt to schedule any exam appointments until you receive written notification that accommodations have been approved. 

For a full list of pre-approved medical devices and other personal items you may take into the testing room, please read the ARE 5.0 Guidelines