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ARE 5.0 Transition Plan: It’s here!

The launch of ARE 5.0 is still over two years away, but we wanted to let you know about the transition plan as soon as possible so you can make a plan and finish the exam no matter which version is available. You can find full details on, but here’s what you need to know:

ARE 5.0: The Basics

  • ARE 5.0 will launch in late 2016.
  • ARE 5.0 will have six standalone divisions that are aligned with commonly defined professional architect activities.
  • The current graphic vignettes and the software will be replaced with new questions types that take advantage of new testing technologies. We expect to release more information about the new question types in late 2015.

The Transition Plan

  • If you begin testing in the current version of the exam, you will receive credit for appropriate ARE 5.0 divisions based on ARE 4.0 divisions passed if you transition to ARE 5.0.
  • ARE 4.0 will continue to be delivered after the launch of ARE 5.0—at least 18 months—before being retired on 30 June 2018.
  • If you have started testing in ARE 4.0, you will have the opportunity to “self-transition” to ARE 5.0 at any time after it launches.
  • Since each candidate’s testing situation is different, you will have access to interactive tools that will help you determine how your current credits will transition to ARE 5.0. These will be released in early 2015.

The Credit Model

  • Download the ARE 5.0 Credit Model from NCARB’s website.
  • If you transition to ARE 5.0, there are three important divisions to pass
    in ARE 4.0:
  1. Construction Documents & Services
  2. Programming, Planning & Practice
  3. Site Planning & Design
  • With a strategic testing approach, it is possible to complete the ARE in five divisions rather than six or seven. Learn more
  • Be aware of your Rolling Clock dates, and make your testing plan accordingly. Some of your divisions could expire before or during
    the transition.


Key Takeaways

  • Keep testing! Most ARE candidates complete the ARE in about two years. You have plenty of time to finish before ARE 5.0 even launches.
  • Test strategically. If you do have to transition to ARE 5.0, make a plan to ensure the switch is to your benefit.
  • Stay informed. NCARB will be releasing information as we know it. Stay tuned for information about study materials, transition tools, and policy updates. Check out our timeline to know when to expect more information. Also, make sure you are signed up to receive updates on ARE 5.0


To learn more about ARE 5.0 and its transition plan, visit and
the NCARB Blog.