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Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
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The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.

In order to take the ARE, you must:  


To begin taking the ARE, you must make a request via the ARE tab in your NCARB Record. Your board of architecture will deem you eligible (or via NCARB for boards participating in NCARB's Direct Registration Program), and your board will set your eligibility information in My Examination.

You will receive an automated e-mail notification when you are made eligible to take the ARE and have been granted access to My Examination.


Candidates may take the ARE divisions in any order, and at any time and Prometric location they choose (subject to availability). Most test centers are open six days a week, 50 weeks a year. [more]


The cost of the ARE is $1,470 for seven divisions. For international test centers (outside of North America), the cost of the ARE is $2,170 for seven divisions. These fees are non-refundable. 

Register for ARE Classes at AIASF

Note that the days of each session may sometimes vary because of availability of dates provided by AIASF, but all classes will still be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm weekday evenings. The ARE preparatory sessions are designed to focus primarily on what we deem to be the most important issues that may be required to pass the ARE's. These classes are open to anyone, but they must be registered for the classes. AIASF's ARE Pact program students who have made a commitment to take all the ARE exams within a one year period are required to register for the ARE classes they select to attend. You do NOT need to be enrolled in the ARE Pact to register for any of the ARE classes sponsored by AIASF.

The ARE classes are taught pro bono by registered architects and engineers working in their profession. A $10 fee will be charged for non- ARE Pact members and non-AIA members. However, note that dinner will still be provided at no cost to students for each class on a first come first served basis. Note that we cannot guarantee that registrants will be able to receive the class outlines if they register less than 24 hours before class.