Coronavirus Update—ARE 5.0 Testing and Rescheduling

Please note: This page continues to be updated as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our policies and ARE availability. For previous communications, see below.

August 18 Update: New Rolling Clock Extension and Remote Proctoring Update

NCARB is issuing an additional six-month rolling clock extension to Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) candidates and has expedited efforts in order to launch an online proctored version of ARE 5.0 in late 2020.

Additional Rolling Clock Extension

This month, NCARB will administer an additional six-month rolling clock extension to all passing exam scores that were valid as of March 1, 2020. Combined with the previous nine-month extensions, all valid exam scores will have received a total of a 15-month rolling clock extension. This ensures that no exam scores are impacted by the rolling clock until June 2021 at the earliest.

The extension will automatically be applied to your valid ARE division scores on or before August 25, 2020. You do not need to take any action or apply to receive this extension.

With many candidates uncomfortable testing at physical test centers during the ongoing pandemic and others struggling to find available appointment times, this extension provides the opportunity to wait for a remote proctored testing option without facing immediate rolling clock impacts.

Test Activity Status Extension

NCARB will automatically administer a 15-month extension to all “Test Activity Status” dates for ARE candidates to align with the combined rolling clock extensions. Your Test Activity Status is tied to your exam eligibilities as granted to you by your licensing board.

This extension ensures that your exam eligibilities will not expire due to an inability to test during the COVID-19 disruption. The Test Activity Status extension will be automatically applied to your NCARB Record on or before August 25, 2020.You do not need to take any action or apply to receive this extension. 

Online Proctored Delivery of the ARE

NCARB continues to pursue development and implementation of an online (or remote) proctored option for the ARE. The content of the ARE and the division structure will not change. While NCARB initially anticipated launching this option in early-2021, recent progress will allow for an earlier-than-anticipated launch of remote proctoring in late-2020. Be on the lookout for an announcement with additional details on online proctored delivery in the weeks ahead.

July 21 Update: Social Distancing at Test Centers

Prometric Operations and Social Distancing

As Prometric test centers return to normal operations in compliance with local guidelines, please be aware that test centers’ social distancing requirements may vary depending on location. Some test centers are now “fully open,” which may mean a return to normal occupancy, where social distancing of six feet may not be maintained or required. 

To find out if your local test center is operating at “full capacity,” please visit the Prometric Site Openings page, and look at the far right tab under “operational status.” If your test center is fully open and you are uncomfortable testing without guarantee of social distancing, we recommend you defer your test or reschedule to a test center operating at limited capacity.

Please note, some testing locations still remain closed for various reasons. A list of closed test centers, plus expected reopening dates can be found on the Prometric Test Center Closure page.

Rescheduling Fees Remain Waived

Prometric has begun communicating that they are reinstating rescheduling fees beginning September 1, 2020. However, NCARB continues to waive ARE rescheduling fees indefinitely until further notice. Regardless of Prometric’s decision, NCARB will not charge candidates a fee to reschedule an existing appointment.

Prometric Contact Tracing Protocols

Following the recommended guidance of public health experts, Prometric has invoked its COVID-19 Safety Plan. This plan requires Prometric to notify any individuals who may have been exposed to the virus while at a test center based on the timing of a known infected individual’s presence at the specific location. Prometric will notify candidates directly if they are impacted.

Upon confirmation of a COVID-19 infected individual at a test center, Prometric will close that location for no less than 48 hours to complete a deep cleaning of the test site. Candidates with appointments scheduled during the test center’s closure will be contacted by Prometric regarding the rescheduling of their disrupted appointment.

Early-August Appointment Displacements

As some test centers remain closed and others are operating at limited capacity, a small amount of existing ARE appointments between August 1–15, 2020, are expected to be canceled by Prometric. Such displacements should be identified by the end of this week. Any candidates impacted by early-August social distancing measures will be contacted by NCARB as soon as they have been identified by Prometric.

Face Covering Requirement is Still in Effect

As Prometric returns to full occupancy in some locations, be advised that ALL locations are still requiring candidates to wear acceptable face coverings at all times while at the test center. All ARE candidates will need to bring and wear their own face covering to enter and test at their local testing site. Current test center policies and additional information about testing procedures can be found on Prometric’s Test Center Policies website.


Learn about what to expect at test centers amid the pandemic, including Prometric’s updated check-in process. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience. We are sorry that you have been impacted by these events and we are doing all that we can to help provide you with the testing access and the support you need to be successful in your licensure journey. If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us.

Previous Communications

Additional Resources

For answers to candidates' frequently asked questions about the exam and other information, see the following resources: