As you prepare to take the ARE, NCARB is here to help with study tools and resources to guide you through the process. The exam features six divisions, and each division includes multiple item types, as well as case studies. Learn more about the exam’s format.

ARE 5.0 Divisions

Each ARE 5.0 division covers a different aspect of current architectural practice. Explore each division to learn more about the content covered:

We also offer a number of tools and resources you can use to prepare for the exam, including:

ARE 5.0 Guidelines

The ARE 5.0 Guidelines includes everything you need to know about starting the ARE, scheduling an exam, going to the test center, and other important examination policies. Download the Guidelines for a step-by-step explanation of how to navigate ARE 5.0.

Note: As NCARB works to provide advance information about online proctoring and related exam changes, there are currently two versions of the ARE 5.0 Guidelines. Be sure to access the correct version: 

ARE 5.0 Handbook

The ARE 5.0 Handbook walks you through each division, providing specifics on objectives, sample questions, suggested references, and more.

Note: As NCARB works to provide advance information about online proctoring and related exam changes, there are currently two versions of the ARE 5.0 Handbook. Be sure to access the correct version: 

  • ARE 5.0 Handbook Effective Now - December 14, 2020 
  • ARE 5.0 Handbook  Effective December 14, 2020, and onward (features reduced item counts and updated appointment times)

ARE 5.0 Community

Whether you have a test question, are looking for a study group, or need help from NCARB’s experts, the ARE 5.0 Community is the place to be. Through the community, you’ll have access to advice from candidates and architects who’ve taken the exam, NCARB experts, and more.

ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam

We offer a free demonstration of the exam, available through your NCARB Record. The demonstration includes 20 practice questions and will help you become familiar with the testing interface, question types, tools, and available references.

ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam With Dec. 14 Updates
The updated demo exam also features 75 practice items, a three-hour testing duration, and all the updated navigation features and tools you’ll see when testing from December 14 onward—including the new digital whiteboard

ARE 5.0 Test Prep Video Series

Our video prep series offers exclusive insight into each ARE 5.0 division with information on content, sample questions, and suggested references. Plus, check out our updated video prep series featuring all the December 14 changes. 

Approved Test Prep Provider Program

Expand your collection of study materials with these NCARB-approved resources.

ARE Update

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NCARB Blog

Our blog is full of helpful study tips and details about the exam, plus inspirational success stories and advice from recently licensed architects.