Videos: ARE 5.0 Question Types and Case Studies

For ARE 5.0, we will be retiring vignettes in favor of two new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place, plus the addition of case studies. The exam will continue to use multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, and quantitative fill-in-the-blank.

As with the current exam, all questions in ARE 5.0 will be worth one point. Not answering a question is the same as answering it incorrectly, so we recommend attempting every question. There will be no partial credit for any questions.

Watch these short videos to learn more about these three new features.

Case Studies

Hot Spots


Important Reminders

  • Test Strategically: ARE 4.0 will be available until June 30, 2018, so you have plenty of time to finish. If you do eventually transition, you could complete the ARE in as few as five tests. Learn more about planning your approach.
  • Use the ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator: This interactive tool can help you develop a personalized testing strategy by showing how 4.0 divisions will be credited in ARE 5.0.
  • Join the ARE 4.0 Community: 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!

What’s Next

NCARB will begin the final stages of exam development and administration testing this spring, which will allow us to determine the official launch date of ARE 5.0 in late 2016. In the meantime, we’re exploring exciting opportunities with test prep providers and developing a NCARB Blog series on the new divisions. Stay tuned!

For more information about ARE 5.0 visit