In June of 2013, NCARB announced that a new version of the ARE, “ARE 5.0”, will be put into effect by the fall of 2016.
This is a major announcement by NCARB because this will change and affect so many issues relating to the ARE. While the new version of the ARE is still being developed, many people have speculated on what the new format will be as well as the impact this will have on candidates.
As of right now, NCARB has not released that much information about ARE 5.0, but we do know a few key dates such as the transition between ARE versions.
Transitioning From ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0
According to NCARB, information regarding the transition from ARE 4.0 to 5.0 will be announced in late spring of 2014.
This will be a major announcement because a majority of ARE candidates will be affected by the transition to this new version of the ARE.
Stay tuned for more information relating to the transitioning between versions.
New Exam Divisions
In December of 2013, NCARB officially announced and approved the new exam divisions for ARE 5.0.
Instead of the 7 exam divisions like in ARE 4.0, the new version of the exam will include only 6 divisions that are designed to reflect the professional activities that architects encounter.
Similar to the previous version of the ARE, the new exam divisions will be individual divisions, meaning there will be one single test for each division. It is not yet known yet if each exam division will include a graphic vignette similar to ARE 4.0.
According to NCARB, the new ARE 5.0 exam divisions will be:
- Practice Management
- Project Management
- Programming & Analysis
- Project Planning & Design
- Project Development & Documentation
- Construction & Evaluation
What Does This Mean?
It seems that NCARB is doing a thorough releasing information as it becomes available regarding the new version of the ARE. Transitioning between versions is never easy so it’s important to stay up to date on information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, I would recommend to any candidate taking the ARE or about the start taking the ARE to get going and finish your exams by the time the new version is released. It will always be more difficult to transition from one version to the next so if you’re able to finish before the transition, I would shoot for that.
For those of you that will not be able to get all your exams done by that time it’s certainly not the end of the world. Once NCARB releases more information regarding the transition from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0, it will become more clear for everyone.
I think the best thing for all candidates to do now is to still focus on ARE 4.0 and keep checking on on the progress of 5.0. It’s not worth getting stressed out about a version that’s not released yet. Over time, everything will still work out at smoothly as possible.
ARE 5.0 Questions
- Should I try to finish ARE 4.0 before 5.0 comes out?
- How Can I Take Advantage of the Transition to ARE 5.0?
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