Architectural Registration Exam Tips
Register for your exams with NCARB. You can do this during AXP. Don’t wait. When you pass your first exam, a rolling clock starts. You then have 5 yrs to complete/pass the remainder of exams. If for some reason you are unable to make it within the 5 yrs, the first test will “drop” and the 5yr date will move to the second passed test; you will have to re-take the first one.
Know how you test and work that to your advantage. Everyone has a system.
Bring food to the test site. Wear comfortable clothes. You will not be allowed a watch, or anything else on your wrists. Any jewelry, besides wedding rings, is also prohibited. DO NOT CHECK YOUR PHONE. Automatic fail and you will be put on review.
Check if your firm reimburses costs of tests or has study materials available. Do they provide paid time off for taking the tests?
Online Study Programs
ARE 5.0 Test-Specific Information
BDCS (Building Design & Construction Systems)
BS (Building Systems)
CDS (Contract Documents & Services)
PPP (Programming, Planning, & Practice)
SD (Schematic Design)
SPD (Site Planning & Design)
SS (Structural Systems)
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