Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Definition - What does Architect Registration Examination (ARE) mean?

The Architect Registration Examination is an exam used by the NCARB to analyze candidates who are interested in working in the field of architecture. The ARE is the key exam used by architectural firms throughout the United States and Canada. This exam has been used for generations and is currently in its fourth edition.

The ARE covers every single aspect involved with understanding how architectural procedures work. These include aspects such as programming and site planning, building design planning, handling construction and building systems and even a section involving construction documentation.
This is one of the most thorough exams in the industry. It involves more than five hundred questions.

Testopedia explains Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Anyone interested in participating in the ARE must meet all standards established by the registration board in the state that a person is trying to get certification from. Each state has its own rules. For example, a person who wants to be registered in North Carolina must have a professional degree in architecture from a school that has receive accreditation from the CACB.

Also, a person in the state must have at least three years of experience in the field of architecture before taking the exam. Every single part of the ARE must be passed within five years after first taking the exam. The rule may change within each individual state and therefore needs to be checked upon when registering.

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