In a continued effort to help exam candidates prepare for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), NCARB launched the Approved Test Prep Provider Program. Through this initiative, test prep companies can submit ARE 5.0 study materials to NCARB for review.

All NCARB-approved materials are listed below and will use NCARB’s Test Prep Provider logo to designate their status. As always, we encourage candidates to take advantage of NCARB’s study resources, including the ARE 5.0 Handbook and Test Prep Video Series.

Approved Test Prep Providers

Submissions are reviewed by an NCARB committee of volunteer architects, who evaluate whether the materials adequately address the content areas and objectives outlined in the ARE 5.0 Handbook.

Since the program launched in April 2018, NCARB has approved the following ARE 5.0 study materials:

Black Spectacles®

Architect Exam Prep


Questions About the Program

Interested in applying to the Approved Test Prep Provider Program? Email to request more information. Questions about test prep materials should be directed to the provider.