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Will NCARB-approved materials improve my chances to pass the ARE?

While  NCARB-approved materials  are verified to appropriately cover the key elements of the division, passing the ARE typically requires a combination of education, experience, and studying. Therefore, NCARB does not guarantee that the use of approved materials will result in a passing score.

Will NCARB consider altering its leadership structure to allow for greater diversity?

To address the NCARB volunteer leadership culture, NCARB’s volunteer-led Diversity Collaborative Task Force is in the process of drafting suggestions for adjustments to the leadership path that will help further support equity, diversity, and inclusion within our volunteer and leadership structure. We hope these efforts will result in increased diversity in our Board and larger volunteer community not only in terms of race, but also in age, gender, background, education, experience, and more.

While appreciative that we have more work to do, we're excited to share that our next incoming president, Alfred Vidaurri, will be the first Latino president in NCARB’s history. In addition, four of our six regional chairs are now filled by women which will lead to increased gender diversity in the short term.

Will my passed ARE 4.0 divisions transfer to ARE 5.0?

The ARE 5.0 Credit Model shows how passed ARE 4.0 divisions will transfer to 5.0. You can also use our Transition Calculator, available in My NCARB, to see the 5.0 credits you will receive if you've passed 4.0 division(s) and plan to transfer to 5.0.

Why doesn’t NCARB provide more feedback on score reports?

On a failing score report, you will find descriptive feedback about your level of performance on each section of the division. Descriptive feedback is not provided on passing score reports as the exam is designed to assess your ability to practice architecture—not to be used as a “teaching tool.”

Why does NCARB offer two versions of the exam?

NCARB will offer two versions of the exam, ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0, until 4.0 retires on June 30, 2018. This overlap provides candidates plenty of time to complete the exam in 4.0, 5.0, or a combination of the two.

Why do I have to sign a “Candidate Agreement?”

To ensure the exam’s integrity, you will be required to accept the Candidate Agreement before each division. Any inappropriate access to or disclosure of ARE content may result in severe disciplinary action, including the suspension of testing privileges and/or the cancellation of scores. Learn more about the Candidate Agreement.

Who should I contact to start the registration process with a foreign country?

If you would like to pursue licensure through one of our mutual recognition arrangements, review the signatory jurisdictions to ensure your jurisdiction is a participant. If you would like to earn a reciprocal license in Canada, Australia, Mexico, or New Zealand, please  contact our Customer Relations team once you have met the requirements for eligibility.

Who is my AXP supervisor?

Your AXP supervisor manages you on a daily basis and is ultimately responsible for your work. Their main task is to assign projects that give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the AXP, as well as provide feedback that helps guide your professional development. Your supervisor will also review your experience reports and certify that your work meets the expectations and requirements of the AXP. Learn more about your  supervisor’s role.

Who develops the ARE?

The ARE is developed by NCARB with the help of hundreds of licensed volunteers from across the country. Throughout the year, these volunteers write new questions and review current questions to ensure they meet quality standards.

Who can serve on the NCARB Board of Directors?

Service on the NCARB Board of Directors is available to individuals who have served or are serving on U.S. state or territorial licensing boards, who are typically appointed by governors or other local leadership. Licensing board delegates vote annually to elect candidates for the Board positions. The pool of potential board members, and their electors, is therefore limited to and reliant upon appointments made by governors and other appointing authorities.