To take an ARE 5.0 division, you’ll need to schedule an appointment. The ARE is administered securely by Prometric to ensure each candidate receives the same examination experience and to protect exam content.

Once online proctoring launches in December 2020, you'll have the  option to choose whether you'd like to schedule an online proctored exam or an appointment at a physical test center.  

Where can I take the exam?

Regardless of where you are seeking registration or received eligibility from, you can take the ARE at most Prometric test centers. The exam is offered at Prometric test centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as several other international locations. In addition, NCARB is in the process of preparing an online proctored option for the ARE, which is expected to launch in December 2020. Once online proctoring is available, candidates will be able to test online from anywhere in the world, as long as their test environment meets certain physical and technical requirements

Note: NCARB plans to switch to a new test administration vendor, PSI, in summer 2021. PSI offers both in-person and online proctored exam appointments. More information around the migration to PSI will be available early in 2021.

How to Schedule an Appointment

You can schedule an appointment by following these simple steps:

  1. Log in to My NCARB and click on your NCARB Record
  2. Go to “Exams”
  3. Click "Pay and schedule" to purchase an open seat
  4. From the list of ARE 5.0 divisions, select the “Schedule open seat” link for the division you would like to schedule
  5. Select the “Schedule” link for that division
  6. You will be taken to Prometric’s website, where you will select a testing location, date, and time from the list of available options
  7. The appointment will appear in your NCARB Record under the “Exams” tab

Please note: You must schedule an appointment at least three business days in advance of your desired testing date (Saturday and Sunday are not considered business days).

Appointment Times

Each testing appointment includes time for various introductory/conclusion screens, an optional 15-minute break, and a post-administration survey. Click on each division for more information. Any purchased seat credits not used to schedule a division will expire on year after the date of purchase.

Please note: Following the launch of online proctoring in December 2020, test durations and appointment times will change slightly for both in-person and online exams. For detailed information, see the updated ARE 5.0 Guidelines and ARE 5.0 Handbook, effective December 2020. 

Division Test Duration Appointment Time
Practice Management 2 hr 45 min 3 hr 30 min
Project Management 3 hr 15 min 4 hr
Programming & Analysis 3 hr 15 min 4 hr
Project Planning & Design 4 hr 15 min 5 hr
Project Development & Documentation 4 hr 15 min 5 hr
Construction & Evaluation 3 hr 15 min 4 h

You can reschedule an existing appointment up to four business days in advance. To reschedule an appointment, visit My Examination in your NCARB Record and select the scheduled exam you’d like to adjust.

Rescheduling an Appointment

Changes to scheduled appointments are subject to rescheduling fees. To learn more, visit our fees page or download the ARE 5.0 Guidelines. Testing fees are non-refundable. If you miss or cancel a scheduled exam, you will not be able to transfer the fee to a new appointment.

As test center closures and limited availability continue to impact candidates’ licensure progress, NCARB will waive all rescheduling fees for in-person appointments through December 31, 2020. Rescheduling fees will be reinstated at a reduced rate in January 2021. 

If your test center is unexpectedly closed during your appointment due to inclement weather or other unforeseeable circumstances, Prometric will contact you to reschedule your exam at no cost. You can view closed testing centers on Prometric’s website.