Architect Registration Examination

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

AIA Seattle annually offers a series that covers the seven ARE 4.0 exam topics:

  • Building Design & Construction Systems
  • Building Systems
  • Construction Documents & Services
  • Programming, Planning & Practice
  • Schematic Design
  • Site Planning & Design
  • Structural Systems

Associate AIA members are given priority registration for the series. If space is available, registration will be opened up to non-members. We are currently planning a study session series for Fall of 2016. More information coming soon.

ARE Study Resources

AIA members have free access to ARE 4.0 exam study materials at the AIA Seattle office, as well as access to the Kaplan online study materials. Hard-copy study materials – including flash cards – are available from Kaplan AEC Education and Professional Publications, Inc., covering the seven ARE 4.0 exam topics. We will get ARE 5.0 materials as they are available.

These materials can be used at AIA Seattle during normal business hours. If you’d prefer to study from home, materials can be checked out for one full week. Contact the AIA Seattle office to schedule a time to use these resources.

NCARB Resources

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), which administers the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE) and the Architectural Experience Program (AXP, formerly IDP), also offers free study guides and practice exams.

NCARB updates the ARE every 6-10 years to ensure that it aligns with current practice, and ARE 5.0 is coming November, 2016. Get the latest developments and stay informed with news and announcements from NCARB about this exciting new era for the Architect Registration Examination.


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