Get Ready for ARE 5.0 With NCARB’s New Handbook

To help you start preparing for the November 1 launch of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0, we’ve developed a new resource: the ARE 5.0 Handbook! The document provides in-depth information about the structure of each division, explains the objectives you will be assessed on, and provides references to additional resources.

Download the ARE 5.0 Handbook

Earn Gift Cards for Testing Early

When ARE 5.0 launches, candidates who test early will help influence the cut score for each division. The cut score process ensures a fair and valid passing threshold is established for each division. You can learn more about the cut score process on our blog.

Until the cut score of each division is determined, NCARB will temporarily hold the release of ARE 5.0 score reports. As a thank you, the first 600 candidates who test early on each ARE 5.0 division will receive a $100 gift card. Best of all, there is no limit to how many gift cards you can receive!

Coming Soon: ARE 5.0 Community

In early September, we’ll roll out the ARE 5.0 Online Community—featuring videos on each of the six new divisions and real-time support from NCARB’s exam experts. In the meantime, check out the ARE 5.0 Handbook and register for one of our webinars below.


NCARB hosted two NCARB Lives in September 2016. Watch the video and read the blog recap.

Editor's Note: This item was updated in February 2017.