Posted by Brightwood Architecture Education
July 17, 2015
If you have already begun testing, there are several things to consider before you decide to continue with the ARE 4.0 or transition to the ARE 5.0. The first thing to consider is your rolling clock. All exam divisions must be completed within five years of your first exam. Take into consideration how many exams you have taken and which divisions you have left to test.
If you implement the exam order suggested by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), when it comes time to transition, you could complete the entire process in five exams. If you decide to transition to the ARE 5.0, you are not allowed to go back to the ARE 4.0.
Typically, pass rates drop a bit after a new exam version is released. Exam preparation materials offered by Brightwood for the ARE 4.0 have proven effective in helping people pass their exams. When the 5.0 launches, Brightwood will offer study materials for the new exam version, as well as a package that includes study materials for those transitioning to the ARE 5.0.
If you have already begun testing, we recommend that you continue on your current exam path and pass as many of the ARE 4.0 exams you can. The ARE 4.0 will be retired in 2018.