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Mar 04

What is the ARE?

Many people seem to ask the question, What is the ARE?

Well the ARE stands for the Architect Registration Examination and is used to test the competency and knowledge of potential architects.

According to NCARB, the goal of the ARE is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing a psychometrically justifiable and legally defensible exam that measures the level of competency necessary to practice architecture independently.

The ARE has actually been around since 1965 but is constantly being updated to keep up to date with current trends in the industry. The ARE now consists of 7 ARE exam divisions that are 100% computer based at local testing agencies such as Prometric.

These 7 exams that comprise the ARE covers a wide variety of topics that will test the candidate’s understanding of the entire practice of architecture. The exams will test your knowledge on topics ranging from schematic design to mechanical building systems.

There are a good deal of requirements to be eligible to take the ARE such as completing the Intern Development Program. For more information about the specific requirements in YOUR state, please see the NCARB website found in the Resources menu.

The question, What is the ARE?, simply cannot be answered in one page. By reading through the various ARE Frequently Asked Questions, you can gain a better understanding of what you need to do in order to properly prepare for the exam.

Trust me, when I first started thinking about taking the ARE, I was overwhelmed with entire process. After talking to some people and doing some research about how to pass the ARE, I definitely started feeling better about the whole thing.

Just remember, passing the ARE is a comprehensive process that will involve a lot of time and preparation on your part.