Examination & Licensure

Administered by NCARB, the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is the only part of the Three E’s of architecture that is consistent across all U.S licensing jurisdictions (the states and territories).  The ARE is offered electronically at testing centers around the country.  Each of the test's exam’s divisions can may be taken in any order at any time by a candidate who has been deemed eligible to test by a jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions might have additional requirements (like an additional oral exam/interview).

Candidates are required to pass each division of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to satisfy the examination requirement. The ARE is administered on a year-round basis.

The content of the ARE is based on the knowledge and skills required of a newly registered architect, practicing independently, to provide architectural services. The ARE evaluates an applicant's competence in the provision of architectural services to protect the public health, safety and welfare. For more information about the ARE, refer to NCARB.

ARE Exam Prep Resources

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