ARE Updates & Resources | October 2020

Architecture Licensing Exam to Launch Online

In mid-December, architecture graduates and other qualified candidates will have the flexibility to take the national licensing exam online or at test centers.

5 Key Takeaways About Online Proctoring

Be prepared! Review NCARB’s high-level timeline regarding online proctoring updates and developments, including the replacement of physical scratch paper with a digital whiteboard.

NCARB Live: ARE 5.0 and Online Proctoring

Stream NCARB’s latest webinar to get an overview of all upcoming ARE changes, plus hear our experts answer additional questions from the community.

Supplemental Resources

To help candidates further understand and prepare for upcoming ARE appointments—whether online or on-site—NCARB has put together a list of recommended exam resources.

  • Guide to Online Proctoring and ARE 5.0: This user-friendly guide breaks down all online proctoring and exam-related changes to go into effect on December 14, 2020.
  • Updated ARE 5.0 Guidelines: Effective in December 2020, this version of the guidelines reflects changes made for the launch of online proctoring, including requirements for your online testing environment.
  • Updated ARE 5.0 Handbook: Effective in December 2020, this version of the handbook reflects changes made for the launch of online proctoring, including requirements for your online testing environment.
  • Online Proctoring FAQs: Find answers to common questions regarding online proctoring.
  • A Letter to ARE Candidates: NCARB’s Board of Directors issued a letter to ARE candidates about the launch of online delivery, including a list of upcoming related changes and the decision-making process behind such changes.
Keep in mind, NCARB will continue to roll out additional information in the weeks ahead, including an updated demo exam—available in My NCARB—and updated ARE test prep videos.

Attention ARE Candidates

AIA Pennsylvania has been made aware of some difficulties members are facing while testing for the ARE. To better understand the problem, please share your experience by filling out this quick survey. We value your membership and want to make your voices heard. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback.

Your feedback will be shared with the Emerging Professional Committee (EPiC) and AIA PA including Architect Licensing Advisor, Kathryn Doyle, AIA. As an AIA PA Emerging Professional leader, Kate serves as liaison to NCARB. You reach her directly at for any other concerns or questions regarding licensure in Pennsylvania.

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