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Architect Registration Examination

Becoming an architect is a three step process called the "Three Es", which are: Education, Experience and Examination. Below you will find information on the Examination (ARE) part.

Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is the professional licensure examination adopted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories to assess candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE is developed and maintained by NCARB.

The 4.0 computer-based exam consists of seven divisions including multiple-choice and/or graphic vignette questions administered in test centers operated by NCARB’s testing consultant Prometric.

ARE 5.0 Launches Nov. 1, 2016

ARE 5.0 will launch November 1, 2016 and incorporate new testing technologies to replace the graphic vignette software, which has been in use since the exam was computerized in 1997. This new version will have six divisions that align closer to how an architect practices today. Read more on NCARB's website.

ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator

If you're thinking about transitioning to 5.0 after it launches the ARE Transition Calculator will help you plan the ideal testing strategy to complete the ARE. Select ARE 4.0 divisions to see how they will be credited in ARE 5.0 through either the calculator or credit model views.


ARE/IDP Concurrency Allowed in Hawaii

As of May 10, 2013, the State of Hawaii allows degree-holders of a bachelor’s, master’s or higher degree in architecture from a school or college approved by the Board as of satisfactory standing, and who are enrolled in the Intern Development program (IDP), to sit concurrently for the Architectural Record Examination (ARE).

AIA Honolulu and AIA Hawaii State Council offered their strong support, read our testimony (PDF).


ARE Contacts

For questions in regards to the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), it is important you contact to the right place.

  • Hawaii State Licensing Coordinator: Jason DeMarco, AIA,
  • NCARB: For questions contact NCARB at 202-783-6500 or
  • Prometric:  NCARB's test development/operations consultant. Schedule an exam appt? 800-479-6215.
  • ARE Helpdesk:  For all other questions contact the ARE Helpdesk: 800-896-2272.
  • State of Hawaii: Click here for the State of Hawaii's Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs Professional and Vocational Licensing website for more information and phone numbers.

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