Architectural Registration Exam (ARE)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is a multi-division exam used to assess the knowledge and skills required for the practice of architecture. Developed by NCARB, the exam is accepted by all U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

The ARE is designed to assess aspects of architectural practice that affect the integrity, soundness, and health impact of a building. The exam also assesses an architect’s responsibilities within firms, such as managing projects and coordinating the work of other professionals. *

The ARE 5.0

ARE 5.0 features six divisions organized around the progression of a typical architecture project. The divisions can be taken in any order and include a combination of multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, and drag-and-place questions, as well as case studies. *

Practice Management (PcM) focuses on the management of an architectural practice, including professional ethics, fiduciary responsibilities, and the regulations governing the practice of architecture. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in business structure, business development, and asset development and protection. *
Project Management (PjM) focuses on the management of architectural projects, including organizing principles, contract management, and consultant management. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in quality control, project team configuration, and project scheduling.*
Programming & Analysis (PA) focuses on the evaluation of project requirements, constraints, and opportunities. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in project type analysis, the establishment of qualitative and quantitative project requirements, evaluation of project site and context, and assessment of economic issues.*
Project Planning & Design (PPD) focuses on the preliminary design of sites and buildings. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in design concepts, sustainability/environmental design, universal design, and other forms of governing codes and regulations.*
Project Development & Documentation (PDD) focuses on the integration and documentation of building systems, material selection, and material assemblies into a project. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in integration of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and specialty systems into overall project design and documentation. *
Construction & Evaluation (CE) focuses on construction contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation of projects. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in construction contract execution, construction support services (including construction observation and shop drawing or submittal review), payment request processing, and project closeout, as well as project evaluation of integrated building systems and their performance.*

Study Resources

ARE 5.0 Handbook
This handbook has been developed to help you prepare for the ARE. While the ARE 5.0 Guidelines provide information on how to take the exam and exam policies, this handbook provides information on what content will be assessed on the exam. [Download]

ARE Video Prep Series
This video series provides an introduction to the ARE 5.0. [view here]
ARE 5.0 Community
Use this forum to find resources, learn more about the exam, and engage with NCARB experts and fellow test-takers. [view here]
Starting the Exam
Not sure how to begin the examination process? Learn more about meeting your jurisdiction’s requirements, scheduling a division, and important ARE policies to know before you start. [Start ARE 5.0]
ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam
Take the ARE 5.0 online practice exam hosted by NCARB. [view here]
Media
The 13 Best Podcasts for Architects. [view here]