Reminder: ARE 4.0 retires in less than two months on June 30, 2018. Candidates will not be able to test in ARE 4.0 after that date, and those who have not completed the exam will need to finish testing in ARE 5.0. Learn more about ARE 4.0’s upcoming retirement, or transition to ARE 5.0 now!  

Ready to take ARE 4.0? We’re here to help. Explore each division to learn more about the content covered, find exam guides, and more:

We also offer a number of tools and resources you can use to prepare for the exam, including:

ARE 4.0 Guidelines

The ARE 4.0 Guidelines includes everything you need to know about starting the ARE, scheduling an exam, going to the test center, and other important examination policies. Download the Guidelines for a step-by-step explanation of how to navigate ARE 4.0.

ARE 4.0 Community

Have a test question? Looking for a study session? Need expert help? The ARE 4.0 Community is the place to be. Through the Google+ community, you’ll have access to exclusive prep videos, advice from architects who’ve taken (or helped write!) the exam, and more.

ARE 4.0 Exam Guides and Practice Programs

We offer a free exam guide and practice program for each division of ARE 4.0. You can find links to these resources on the page for each division, or access the cloud-based version of the vignette practice program through My NCARB.

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