As the November 1 launch date for the new Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) rapidly approaches, the decision to stay in the ARE 4.0 exam versus jumping into the new ARE 5.0 exam process also looms.
If you are currently utilizing the ARE 4.0 model, you will need to decide if you want to continue in the current 4.0 model until you complete the required seven exams:
These ARE 4.0 exams will be available until June 30, 2018.
If you are not enrolled in the ARE 4.0 model, you will automatically be enrolled in the ARE 5.0 model on November 1, and you will be required to pass the six new exam divisions:
Candidates who have passed Construction Documents & Services; Programming, Planning & Practice; and Site Planning & Design are eligible to transition to the ARE 5.0 model and take only the following two exams:
If you are using the ARE 4.0 model and just aren’t sure when, or if, you want to transition into the ARE 5.0 model, don’t worry. You will have the option to “self-transition” to ARE 5.0 after the November 1 transition date, which will allow you to continue in the 4.0 model until a time most convenient for you. However, once you transition to the new 5.0 model, you will not be allowed to go back to the 4.0 model.
One thing to consider when deciding between ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 is your rolling clock dates. Your ARE 4.0 division expiration dates will remain in effect for the transition to ARE 5.0.
No matter what testing model you choose, you may only test in the ARE 4.0 until June 30, 2018.