Over the past few weeks, we have summarized the process of becoming an architect — Today’s on the ARE Architect Registration Examination ends the formal process.
Like the essay on AXP, to truly become an expert on the ARE, you need to reference NCARB – https://www.ncarb.org/pass-the-are but below are the basics.
ARE – ARCHITECT REGISTRATION EXAMINATION
Developed and administered by NCARB, the last step in becoming an architect is taking and passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). It is an essential step in becoming an architect, as every U.S. jurisdiction requires individuals to pass the ARE to satisfy its examination requirements. Its purpose is “to determine if an applicant has the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice architecture independently while safeguarding the public health, safety, and welfare.” It does not measure whether or not you are a good architect but rather your ability to practice architecture.
Now, candidates may begin to take divisions of the ARE prior to completing AXP. Of course, it depends on the jurisdiction (state). Early eligibility will reduce the time it takes to complete both the AXP and the ARE. However, note that you will not be licensed as an architect until both are completed.
Be aware of the Rolling Clock; under the terms of the rolling clock, candidates for the ARE must pass all of the divisions within five years. The five-year time limit begins on the date when the first passed division is administered. By virtue of this rule, candidates will need to be more diligent in scheduling the exam.
Launched in late 2016, ARE 5.0 has new question types, elimination of CAD software and increased agility and efficiency.
ARE 5.0 Divisions: As stated on the NCARB website, each ARE 5.0 division covers a different aspect of current architectural practice. Explore each division to learn more about the content covered:
- Practice Management
- Project Management
- Programming & Analysis
- Project Planning & Design
- Project Development & Documentation
- Construction & Evaluation
To begin, read the following available from NCARB:
As well, the NCARB website has the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam, approved test prep programs and a ARE 5.0 Community to join. NCARB also publishes the pass rates by division and by NAAB-accredited programs of architecture.
Black spectacles in on the approved test prep programs listed by NCARB. Launched by Marc Teer, FAIA, the mission of black spectacles as posted on their website is — “Providing support through education and inspiration in every stage of your career – ARE Prep, software learning and career insight from leading experts in the biz all help you get to the top of your game – and stay there.”