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About the ARE
The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) is the exam portion of architecture licensing and has been adopted by all 54 U.S. Member boards of architecture to indicate minimum competency of candidates in order to practice architecture. The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Visit the NCARB ARE webpage for up-to-date information on the ARE.
The current version of the exam, ARE 4.0, consists of seven test divisions:
- Programming, Planning & Practice
- Site Planning & Design
- Building Design & Construction Systems
- Schematic Design
- Structural Systems
- Building Systems
- Construction Documents & Services
Online resources from NCARB
View NCARB’s overview of the ARE and download the most current version of the ARE Guidelines.
Preparing for the ARE
Download the most current versions of the NCARB exam guides and practice programs for each exam division.
NCARB’s Frequently Asked Questions
NCARB’s announcement for ARE 5.0
(Anticipated ARE 5.0 launch is late 2016)
ARE Study Guides
Several publishers and companies offer ARE study materials. Please see their Web sites for more information. Check with your local AIA component to see if they lend ARE study materials. Also, the ARE Forum community is open for candidates and interns to get recommendations and/or buy secondhand books. Learn more under Additional Resources below.
- Kaplan Architecture Education
ARE Complete Library - Study guides for each ARE division - Online supplement, practice vignette books, question & answer books, flashcards
- PASS THE ARE & Archiflash by the National Academic & Licensing Study Aids, LLC. (NALSA)
Practice problems for ARE divisions - Flashcards for all multiple-choice divisions - Video vignette solutions
- The Power to Pass: Architecture Registration Exam by PPI (Professional Publications, Inc.)
ARE Review Manual - Exam guides for each ARE division - E-books available - Sample problems and practice exams
Seminars & Instructors
Candidates should check with your local AIA component to see if they organize ARE seminars. Seminars may occur at the local, state, or regional level or through a school of architecture. Some of the seminar instructors also offer online seminars. Please review the following websites* for additional information.
*Please note, the AIA collects and disseminates this information as a service to AIA members without endorsement or recommendation. Appropriate use of the information provided is the responsibility of the reader.
The National Associates Committee developed the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship in honor and memory of their late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew. The scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of interns at early stages in their careers and encourages them to complete the licensure process by defraying costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Learn more at www.aia.org/Pettigrew.
Check with your local AIA component to inquire about local scholarship opportunities. For additional scholarship inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support on the path to licensure from the AIA.
Purchase ARE prep materials through the AIA Store. AIA Members receive a 10% discount.
The ARE Forum is a web community with active users comprised of both practitioners in architecture and academics involved in research and teaching. The forum is free and should be used with discretion.
ARE Coach Forum
The ARE Coach’s Forum is an online discussion board for ARE Candidates to explore information in regards to exam preparation. The forum is free and should be used with discretion.
ARE Strategies Podcast
In this 2009 interview, Michael Crosbie, FAIA, discusses the ARE and preparation for the licensing test with Umber Kazmi, CEO of Funkaar Studios and adjunct faculty at the Newschool for Architecture in San Diego, California.