NCARB Launches Updated Architect Registration Examination

After four years of development, the latest version of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), ARE 5.0, was launched. The updated exam incorporates testing technologies and features six divisions that align with current practice and the progression of an architecture project. ARE 5.0 was developed with the help of practicing architects who volunteer their time and expertise, and reviewed by experts who ensure the exam meets national testing standards.
Developed and administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the ARE assesses the knowledge and skills of all candidates seeking a license to practice architecture in the United States. NCARB periodically updates the exam to ensure it continues to reflect the demands of professional practice.
“We are excited to announce that candidates can now begin taking ARE 5.0,” states NCARB president Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA. “With updates to both the exam structure and supporting technology that allow for a realistic demonstration of architectural ability, we think candidates will like the testing experience.”

Aligning to Current Practice

To adapt to changes in the profession, ARE 5.0 content has been restructured into six divisions organized around architectural practice and the progression of a typical project. The new divisions also align with the experience areas of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) , helping candidates connect their practical experience to exam topics and making the licensure process easy to understand. ARE 5.0 test durations are shorter than ARE 4.0—ranging from three and a half to five hours and reducing total seat time by eight hours.
In addition, ARE 5.0 features graphic testing methods, replacing vignettes with two question types: hot spots and drag-and-place. ARE 5.0 also includes case studies, which provide candidates with pieces of information and require them to assess and solve the types of problems architects face on a daily basis.

Preparing Candidates for ARE 5.0

Candidates looking for insight into the exam have access to free study tools developed by NCARB. These include the ARE 5.0 Handbook, the ARE 5.0 Guidelines, the ARE 5.0 Community, the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam, and the ARE 5.0 Test Prep video series. In addition, as an incentive to take the exam, the first 600 candidates to test on each division will receive a $100 gift card.
NCARB will continue to administer ARE 4.0 until Jun. 30, 2018. This 20-month period of dual delivery will enable candidates to finish the exam in a way that best suits their needs.
For more information about ARE 5.0 visit the website.  

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