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:
- Practice Management
- Project Management
- Programming & Analysis
- Project Planning & Design
- Project Development & Documentation
- Construction & Evaluation
We also offer a number of tools and resources you can use to prepare for the exam, including:
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.
The ARE 5.0 Handbook walks you through each division, providing specifics on objectives, sample questions, suggested references, and more.
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.
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.
Schedule a free, 30-minute trial appointment with Prometric to confirm your computer and testing space meet the requirements for online proctoring.
Our video prep series offers exclusive insight into each ARE 5.0 division with information on content, sample questions, and suggested references.
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