NCARB’s ARE® 4.0 Community Helps Exam Candidates Get Advice from Experts, Each Other

Washington, D.C. — Aspiring architects who want to get expert help on the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) now have a new resource—the ARE 4.0 Community on Google Plus.

The recent launch of the ARE 4.0 Community by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) provides a forum for examination candidates to connect with NCARB experts and each other.

“The ARE 4.0 Community gives candidates a supportive place to meet emerging professionals from across the country, share study tips, and pick up valuable advice,” said NCARB Director of Examination Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB. “The launch of the ARE 4.0 Community is another timely step in our continuing efforts to support intern architects on their path to licensure.”

Community members have access to a variety of useful tools to help them navigate the exam, including video tutorials on all seven divisions of the ARE. Candidates can also learn how the test vignettes are scored and self-evaluate their knowledge with sample questions.

Currently, about 28,000 candidates are preparing for the exam in 54 jurisdictions, where NCARB helps sets licensing rules and regulations.

“The community enhances an already rich body of test materials that NCARB provides, Zurn added. “Now, in addition to providing exam guides, updates via ARE e-news, and the My Examination portal, for scheduling, report access and more—licensure candidates can further their understanding of the exam on Google Plus and share their examination experience with others.”


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.