5 Tips to Help You Plan for ARE 5.0

As you’ve probably heard, ARE 5.0 will launch in late 2016. To help make the upcoming transition as smooth as possible, we’ve released a number of tools and resources. As you start thinking about whether you’d like to finish in 4.0 or self-transition to 5.0, here are five tips to help you form a personalized testing strategy.

1. Use the ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator

Our interactive calculator shows how 4.0 divisions will be credited in ARE 5.0. The tool can be used without logging into your NCARB Record. But if you log in, we’ll automatically load the exams you've passed and their expiration dates. (Learn about the calculator.)

2. Keep testing

Remember: ARE 4.0 will be available until June 30, 2018, so you have plenty of time to finish. Don’t hold off testing just because the exam is changing. Need some inspiration? Our Architect Spotlight series features recently licensed architects who completed the exam in record time.

3. Test strategically

By using a combination of 4.0 and 5.0 divisions, you could complete the ARE in as few as five tests. If you do eventually transition, make a testing plan that addresses three critical 4.0 divisions to maximize credits:

  • Construction Documents & Services (CDS)
  • Programming Planning & Practice (PPP)
  • Site Planning & Design (SPD)

(Learn more about planning your approach.)

4. Remember your Rolling Clock

Your Rolling Clock is still ticking, so be sure to pay attention to your expiration dates in My Examination or on the transition calculator. While taking five divisions may sound appealing, it may not be in your best interest to wait for ARE 5.0 and risk 4.0 exams expiring. Be strategic in how you approach your ARE 4.0 divisions and keep testing.

5. Don’t do it alone

Questions? Contact our Customer Service team at 202-879-0520 to help develop your testing plan. And be sure to join the ARE 4.0 Community—a space where candidates can come together to ask questions, share best practices, and interact with our experts!