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Architecture Examination

What is the ARE exam?

Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) is the professional licensure examination for individuals aspiring to become licensed architects in the United States. The exam consists of six divisions which include a combination of multiple-choice and alternative item type questions, as well as case studies. In Nebraska, individuals can begin taking the ARE immediately after graduation from a NAAB-accredited program and having established an NCARB Record. Candidates can register directly with NCARB to sit for the ARE Exam without the Board's approval. 

To learn more about the ARE exam, please visit NCARB.

Who administers the ARE exam?

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) creates and administers the exam.

Do I need to do anything with the Board before taking the ARE Exam?

Yes. Individuals planning to sit for the ARE must first register with NCARB. 

How is the ARE administered?

All divisions of the ARE are computer-based and taken at authorized Prometric test centers year-round.

How many times can I retake the ARE exam?

The Nebraska Board follows the rules of the NCARB Rolling Clock Policy. You can learn more here.

How often is the ARE Exam held?

Since the exam is computer-based, time slots are available year-round. You can learn more about scheduling here.

How is the exam structured? Multiple choice? Essay?

The exams include a combination of multiple-choice, check all that apply, fill in the blank, hot spot, and drag and place questions, as well as case studies. You can learn more about the ARE here.

Are there practice exams available?

NCARB does not have practice exams, but it has several available resources to help with studying for the exams. Find those resources here.

How much does the ARE exam cost?

The current cost for the six divisions of the ARE, and any other applicable fees through NCARB, is $1,410. To learn more about the fees, click here.

Can I get reimbursed for my exam?

Yes. Individuals who have met the requirements set forth in Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-3432.01 and Board Rule 3.7.1, may qualify for $100 if they accrued educational debt while obtaining their degree. To view the full requirements, please read the top of the Educational Debt Reimbursement Form

When can I take the ARE exam?

The ARE is administered at authorized Prometric test centers to ensure each candidate receives the same examination experience and meets standard security requirements. To learn more about setting an appointment and taking the exam, visit NCARB’s website.

How long does it generally take to finish the ARE exams?

Individual sections of the exam can be anywhere from three and one-half hours to five hours long. Overall, applicants can complete the divisions in a few months or a few years.

How and when will I receive my exam results?

NCARB will notify you when results are available for viewing via your MyNCARB account. Once all sections of the exam have been passed, you will receive notice from the Board outlining the remaining steps to be taken for your license to be issued.

Once I pass the ARE, am I licensed?

No. Individuals seeking licensure in Nebraska will need to verify that they have completed the AXP Program.  This verification must be sent directly to the Board from NCARB. You will also need to take a short Nebraska exam on the state laws and rules governing the practice of architecture.


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