NCARB Hosts Training Workshop to Prepare Test Prep Providers for ARE 5.0

NCARB ramps up awareness for the new exam with first-time prep vendor outreach.

In a continued effort to help aspiring architects prepare for the new licensing exam, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) invited for-profit test prep providers to the first ever examination workshop in Washington, DC. Over two days in March, 16 individuals representing nine leading companies learned about the next version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), ARE 5.0, which launches in late 2016.

“This workshop marks the beginning of a new effort to better inform test prep providers so they are providing timely and correct information for customers taking the new ARE 5.0,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “The goal is to help companies develop materials that accurately reflect ARE 5.0’s content, and most importantly, help candidates succeed.”

Test prep companies in attendance included:
• Amber Book
• Amstar Engineering, Inc.
• Architect Exam Prep
• ARE Prep
• Black Spectacles
• Brightwood Architecture Education (formerly Kaplan Architecture)
• Young Architect

Attendees received in-depth training on ARE 5.0’s structure and Test Specification, new question types and case studies, and the content on each division. NCARB also shared the guidelines its various volunteer committees use to develop, write, and assess new exam questions.

“NCARB works with hundreds of architect volunteers to develop the exam, using established rules to guide the development of each question,” said Director of Examination Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB. “By sharing these guidelines, test prep providers can write sample questions that mimic what candidates may see on the exam.”

NCARB has begun the final stages of ARE 5.0 development and will continue to work with test prep providers in the coming months. Companies unable to attend the workshop can be provided with resources upon request.

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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.

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