Sep 05

What Are The Different ARE Pass Rates?

If you’re wondering what different ARE pass rates have been over the past year, you’re in luck because NCARB has recently released data from 2011 showing the rates from each division.

Types of Pass Rates

There are 2 different types of pass rates for the ARE that NCARB tracks:

1) The first is by the ARE exam division which simply breaks down the percentage of people that pass that specific exam.

2) The other type of ARE pass rate actually breaks down the data by education program. When candidates complete each ARE exam, they are asked to take a quick 10-minute survey where they are asked to enter in the NAAB-accredited program that they attended. For people who have received degrees from more than one program, you will simply list the program or institution that you received your highest degree from.

Why is This Helpful?

Having this data available to ARE candidates is certainly interesting to look and can tell you a lot. Personally, I find it very interesting to look at how the pass rates at different schools compare to one another.

I’m sure that these numbers are important to the various institutions as well because it can certainly help attract various students to join the program. Although I must admit, I did not choose my college and graduate program based off of the ARE pass rates. Even though this information may not be important for some people, it may make a difference for others.

For ARE test candidates, the important numbers to look at are certainly the pass rates of each specific exam division. These numbers are straightforward and basically tell you the percentage of people that have passed that division. I know that candidates go into each exam with a different level of experience and knowledge in that particular subject, but these numbers have to mean something in terms of the difficulty of the exam.

I believe that ARE candidates should simply use these numbers as they are. Use them to give you a general idea as to the difficulty level of each exam but don’t stress about them too much because there are a lot of unknown factors that go into these pass rates.

2011 ARE Pass Rates

According to NCARB, the ARE pass rates in 2011 are as followed:

CDS – Construction Documents & Services: 64%
PPP – Programming Planning & Design: 62%
BS – Building Systems: 68%
SS – Structural Systems: 71%
SD – Schematic Design: 77%
SPD – Site Planning & Design: 73%
BDCS – Building Design & Construction Systems: 62%

What Does This Really Mean?

It’s hard to really understand what these numbers mean in terms of a candidate’s chances of passing that particular exam. Like I said before, there are a lot of unknown factors that go into these ARE pass rates. For example, many people may overlook the PPP exam because there is not a lot of hard information to study for this exam and thus you see very low pass rate numbers for this exam. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the PPP exam is the hardest division, simply the one that people have the most trouble with.

I would recommend to any ARE candidate that you take a look at how these numbers will affect YOUR preparation for the ARE.

What exam topics do you already have experience in?

Is there one topic that you are completely unfamiliar with?

Before getting started with the ARE, I recommend evaluating your strengths and weaknesses of each exam division. Try to figure out which exams you’ll have to prepare more for and which one’s you feel more comfortable with.

By doing this, you’ll essentially create your own custom ARE exam order that will help you stay on track with your exams. This is why analyzing the different ARE pass rates is important because it will help you create your exam order and help calm your nerves. Remember, the ARE is a long process and it’s essential that you focus on each exam one at a time but keep that overall plan in the back of your mind.