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PPI Architecture Frequently Asked Questions

PPI Architecture Education Frequently Asked Questions

There will be no interruption to QBank access purchased from Brightwood as a result of the transition from Brightwood to PPI. Once your current access expires, you can transition to the PPI learning hub. For more information and a special ARE 5.0 Learning Hub offer, click here.

The easiest answer is that PPI products offers review, practice, and exams for all six 5.0 exams in one convenient bundle. Brightwood offers separate review and practice for each exam. If you choose the Brightwood path, be sure to add the PPI ARE 5 Practice Exam book to ensure you take at least one full practice exam with case study. If you want more practice exams, be sure to check out the ARE 5.0 Learning Hub offer.

If you are looking to purchase the ARE 5.0 Complete Exam Bundle and the PPI Learning Hub, please visit ppi2pass.com to place your order.  If you want to purchase the Brightwood materials and the PPI Learning Hub, you will need to place your order from two websites until we have full integration.

A committee of architects made up of representative members from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Committee of Canadian Architectural Councils (CACC), consulting engineers, and code officials.

You can take the exam whenever you want. The exam is administered Monday through Saturday, year-round, at authorized test centers around the country. Hours of operation vary, so contact your test center of choice to verify business hours.

There are more than 350 standardized test centers across North America. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a list of test centers with your approval notification.

The exam is computer-based. There are six different divisions of the ARE 5.0 exam. Six divisions (Practice Management; Project Management; Programming & Analysis; Project Planning & Design; Project Development & Documentation; and Construction & Evaluation) are comprised of multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, and drag-and-place questions. Case studies are also included.

Calculators are allowed into the exam only for the multiple-choice divisions. (The graphic divisions have a calculator built into the software interface.) However, calculators are not provided at the test centers, so you will have to bring your own. Only non-programmable, non-communicating, non-printing calculators are allowed, and the center administrator has to approve the calculator before you begin the exam.

The examination is closed book. In other words, no reference material is permitted. For some exam divisions, reference material can be accessed electronically. This material may contain excerpts from sources such as the AISC Manual of Steel Construction and the UBC. Candidates should therefore obtain copies of these books prior to the exam in order to become familiar with their scope and format.

To pass the ARE and become a registered architect, a candidate must pass all divisions of the ARE. Scores from the individual divisions are not averaged.

Test scores are reported to candidates by their state boards as pass or fail several weeks after the exam. Actual arrival times vary between the states, but a good approximation is to allow two to four weeks to receive results from a multiple-choice division exam and four to six weeks for results from a graphic division exam.

If you fail a division, you will have to retake it. However, you will not be allowed to retake the same exam until at least 60 days has passed from the time of the first administration. Candidates may only take the same division of the ARE three (3) times within any 12-month time frame.