As you prepare to take the ARE, NCARB is here to help with study tools and resources to guide you through the process. The exam features six divisions, and each division includes multiple item types, as well as case studies. Learn more about the exam’s format.

ARE 5.0 Divisions

Each ARE 5.0 division covers a different aspect of current architectural practice. Explore each division to learn more about the content covered:

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

ARE 5.0 Guidelines

The ARE 5.0 Guidelines includes everything you need to know about starting the ARE, scheduling an exam, what to expect during your appointment, and other important policies. Download the Guidelines for a step-by-step explanation of how to navigate ARE 5.0.

ARE 5.0 Handbook

The ARE 5.0 Handbook walks you through each division, providing specifics on objectives, sample questions, suggested references, and more.

Draft ARE 5.0 Guidelines for Testing With PSI

If you're planning on testing with PSI, the ARE Handbook has been merged with the ARE Guidelines. This document includes all policies and procedures for taking the ARE, as well as information about the content covered in each division of the exam. These Guidelines are subject to change as the official launch with PSI approaches. 

ARE 5.0 Community

Whether you have a test question, are looking for a study group, or need help from NCARB’s experts, the ARE 5.0 Community is the place to be. 

ARE 5.0 Practice Exam Dashboard

After migrating to PSI, you can find the Practice Exam Dashboard in the Exams tab of your NCARB Record, which features a full-length, scored practice exam. It includes 75 practice questions over a three-hour testing duration, and will help you become familiar with the testing interface, question types, tools, and available references. Later this summer, NCARB will add a free practice exam for each ARE 5.0 division to the dashboard. 

Test Run for Online-Proctored Exams

 Schedule a free, 30-minute trial appointment with Prometric to confirm your computer and testing space meet the requirements for online proctoring.

ARE 5.0 Test Prep Video Series

Our video prep series offers exclusive insight into each ARE 5.0 division with information on content, sample questions, and suggested references. 

Approved Test Prep Provider Program

Expand your collection of study materials with these NCARB-approved resources.

ARE Update

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