ARE 5.0 Exam Navigation: Tips, Tricks, and More!

Now that the online proctoring option for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 and related exam changes are live, it’s essential you have all the necessary tools to prepare for a smooth testing experience. To ensure this, NCARB has released a suite of new exam resources for candidates. Whether you’re taking your upcoming exam at home or at a test center, check out our most recent videos to learn about exam navigation, key strategies, and insider tips from our staff experts.

Exam Navigation & Strategies

Understand the ARE 5.0’s navigation tools and format, including how to begin an exam, mark and review items, take breaks, and end your exam.

Consider these tips and tricks when taking a division of ARE 5.0.


Case Studies

Explore ARE 5.0 case studies, including what you’ll see as part of a case study, the tools available, and tips for navigating a case study.


Digital Whiteboard

Learn more about using the digital whiteboard, including how to open, move, and resize the tool’s window; draw and type; create additional pages; and erase or clear content.

Watch as NCARB’s Assistant Vice President of Examination Michelle Cohn and Manager of Examination Nick Respecki answer follow-up candidate questions about the whiteboard, plus provide a step-by-step demonstration of an example item.


Looking for more test prep videos ahead of your upcoming appointment? Consider watching our updated ARE division videos:

Have more questions? Contact us online or through the ARE 5.0 Community.