2018 Pass Rates
|Programming & Analysis||53%|
|Project Planning & Design||46%|
|Project Development & Documentation||53%|
|Construction & Evaluation||70%|
Each division of the ARE requires a non-refundable fee of $235, as of October 1st, 2018. The total cost of all divisions is $1,410.
ARE 5.0 is a computer-based test and has content divided into six divisions that may be taken in any order. They are:
The structure reflects a project’s stages from the idea to the construction, which represents the actual work of a licensed architect. These divisions also align with the Architectural Experience Program.
Your jurisdiction’s board of architecture must approve your eligibility to test before you’re able to schedule an ARE division. Each jurisdiction has its own ARE 5.0 eligibility rules. Check and fulfill your jurisdiction’s requirements, found here, before requesting eligibility.
To take ARE 5.0, you’ll need an active NCARB Record. Within your NCARB Record, click on the “Exams” tab and go to “My Examination” to schedule exam appointments and more. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible to test, you can view your eligibility information in your NCARB Record.
We recommend looking at our extensive range of ARE 5.0 review materials, which we are confident will help optimize your exam studies and preparation. You should also review the NCARB Handbook for more information.
NCARB introduced two new questions types with ARE 5.0: hot spots and drag-and-place. Case studies are also a new feature on the exams, and the exams no longer features vignettes.
Hot spot questions have you click on a single target, or hot spoticon, and place it in the correct location or general area on the base image.
Drag-and-place questions have a base drawing and a series of design elements. To answer these questions, you click the correct design element and drag it to the proper place on the base drawing.
Though exam formats have changed question types to include more than multiple-choice questions, PPI review materials continue to be current to exam spec. AIT questions provide opportunities to assess the technical knowledge of examinees using methods not available through paper-based testing, however, question format is irrelevant if you know the material. AIT questions have approximately the same degree of difficulty as multiple-choice questions. Please note there is also no pre-determined or fixed number of AIT exam questions nor of the percentage of any one type of AIT question on an exam
Multiple Choice (Check-All-That-Apply)
Point-and-Click (Hot Spot, or Mark Location)
No. You may not bring a calculator into the testing room. An on-screen calculator is available in every division. A demonstration version of the calculator is available at the NCARB website. Plan to acquaint yourself with it before you take the exam.