ABOUT THE ARCHITECT REGISTRATION EXAMINATION ® (ARE 5.0) 

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT ARE 5.0 PASS RATES?

ARE Division

     Pass Rate

Practice Management 47%
Project Management 56%
Programming & Analysis 53%
Project Planning & Design 50%
Project Development & Documentation 56%
Construction & Evalutaion 53%

 

WHY DID NCARB RELEASE ARE 5.0?

ARE 5.0 was introduced on November 1, 2016, in part fueled by changes in graphic testing methods and a desire to move away from the outdated CAD software system. NCARB’s aim with the release of ARE 5.0 is for the Architect Registration Examination® to better reflect the day-to-day activities of professional architects, and to use the most effective methods to test a candidate’s ability to protect public safety and welfare.

With the update, ARE 5.0 candidates will only take six exam divisions in contrast to the seven divisions that made up ARE 4.0. If you’re in the middle of your ARE 4.0 exam process, you may qualify to take advantage NCARB’s ARE Loophole Strategy to transition between tests. Check here to see if you’re eligible.

 

CAN I STILL TAKE ARE 4.0?

NCARB will continue to offer ARE 4.0 until June 30, 2018.

 

WHAT’S NEW ON NCARB ARE 5.0?

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 spot icon, 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.

WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVE ITEM TYPES (AIT)?

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

  • Select one correct answer from four given options
  • If you are unsure of what the correct answer is you should make an educated assumption. You will not be penalized for a wrong answer

 

Multiple Choice (Check-All-That-Apply)

  • Select all the correct choices from the list by clicking on each one
  • All of the correct answers (and only all of the correct answers) must be selected; there is no partial credit
  • If you change your mind, click on a choice to de-select it 

 

Point-and-Click (Hot Spot, or Mark Location)

  • Click on a single target, or hot spot icon, to place on the base image in the correct location or general area
  • If you change your mind, click again on your choice to unselect, or click on the new preferred answer

 

Drag-and-Place

  • These questions may ask you to sort, rank, place, or label items. Confirm whether all items need to be chosen or moved, then be sure to sort, rank, place, or label each one
  • After you have decided the proper sorting, ranking, placing, or labeling, click and drag an object to the target spot
  • If you change your answer, you can move an object to a different open spot in the target area, or you can move it back to the starting area

 

Fill-in-the-Blank

  • Read the answer specification carefully; it should state the number of decimal places for your numeric answer
  • Compute your answer, then round if needed to the required number of decimal places (0-4, round down; 5-9, round up)
  • Do not enter the units for your answer
  • Do not spell out a number, like “four”
  • If you change your mind, blank out the entire field before you enter another answer

 

Case Study

  • May be multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, hot spot, drag-and-place, or fill-in-the-blank
  • You are able to click on browser-like tabs on top of the computer screen to go back and forth between the case study scenario and resource documents provided

 

HOW IS ARE 5.0 ORGANIZED?

ARE 5.0 is a computer-based test and has content divided into six divisions that may be taken in any order. They are:

  • Practice Management (80 items, two hours and 45 minutes test duration)
  • Project Management (90 items, three hours and 15 minutes test duration
  • Programming & Analysis (95 items, three hours and 15 minutes test duration)
  • Project Planning & Design (120 items, four hours and 15 minutes test duration)
  • Project Development & Documentation (120 items, four hours and 15 minutes test duration)
  • Construction & Evaluation (95 items, three hours and 15 minutes test duration)

 

The new structure reflects a project’s stages from the idea to the construction, which better represents the actual work of a licensed architect. These divisions also align with the Architectural Experience Program.

 

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ARE 5.0?

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.

 

WHAT ARCHITECTURE EXAM PREP MATERIALS CAN HELP ME STUDY?

We recommend looking at our extensive range of ARE study guide materials, including our ARE practice exam, which we are confident will help optimize your exam studies and preparation. You should also review our ARE resource center, the NCARB Handbook, and the blog Young Architect for more information.