ARE 5.0 is Here!

After years of anticipation and development, we’re excited to say that the newest version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), ARE 5.0, is here!

We’re sure you have questions about preparing for and transitioning to the new exam, and we have answers. Here’s how you can learn more about ARE 5.0:

Watch Our Test Prep Series

We’ve just released two new test prep videos. Watch these and our ARE 5.0 division videos to get familiar with the new exam.

  • ARE 5.0 Exam Strategies Video: Explore several tips and techniques to help you take a division of ARE 5.0, including pointers on item types and scoring, navigating to a case study during your exam, and approaching case study resources efficiently.
  • ARE 5.0 Exam Navigation Video: Walk through the new exam’s navigation tools and format with an NCARB expert. Watch to learn more about accepting the Candidate Agreement, using the tools available to you at the test center, marking and reviewing items, and exiting the exam when you're finished.

Explore the ARE 5.0 Community

Not sure how to request your eligibilities or schedule an ARE division? You can find that information and more in the Taking ARE 5.0 section of the ARE 5.0 Community. Plus, share study tips and resources, ask questions, and get real-time help from NCARB’s exam experts.

Learn How to Transition

Ready to make the jump from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0? Read our detailed instructions on how to transition—plus, remember that the first 600 candidates to test on each division will receive a $100 gift card.

Start Studying

You can find all the resources you need to take your first ARE 5.0 division on our website, including:

  • ARE Handbook: Your go-to resource for understanding ARE 5.0, providing a breakdown of each exam division, sample questions, suggested study resources, and more.
  • ARE 5.0 Guidelines: This essential document includes an introduction to the exam and an overview of exam policies and procedures you should know before you take the ARE.
  • ARE Demo Exam: Want to get familiar with the new format? Use the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam—accessible via your NCARB Record—to practice navigating the exam interface.

Still have questions? Ask our experts on the ARE 5.0 Community, or contact us.