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Plan Your Path to ARE 5.0

With ARE 5.0 launching in late 2016, NCARB wants to make sure you’re armed with the tools you need to succeed. That’s why they’ve launched the ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator. The calculator can be used without logging into your NCARB Record. But if you log in, we’ll automatically load the exams you’ve passed and their expiration dates. The online tool has two views: “calculator” and “credit model.”

Here’s what the calculator can do for you:

  • Help you form a personalized testing plan.
  • See how divisions in ARE 4.0 will transition to 5.0, so you can make a plan to finish.
  • If you have already begun testing, the calculator will help keep track of your Rolling Clock. When you log in through My NCARB, you can see which exams you’ve passed along with their expiration dates.

Test Strategically

The calculator was designed to help you develop a personalized testing strategy. Use the calculator in conjunction with the Credit Model to see what works best for you.

Calculator View

By clicking on the ARE 4.0 division buttons, you can explore which 5.0 exams you will receive credit for. Conversely, you can click the ARE 5.0 division buttons to see the list of 4.0 exams you’d need to take.

If you log into your NCARB Record, you will see checkmarks next to the exams that you have passed, along with their expiration date. If you will receive 5.0 credit for these exams, the expiration will also be shown in the 5.0 column. If you click an ARE 4.0 division to explore hypothetical scenarios, those exams will be marked with an asterisk. You must still pass these exams to receive credit.

Choose Your Transition Date

To help make this change as smooth as possible, you can transition at any point between the launch of ARE 5.0 and June 30, 2018. To account for this, you can select the exact day you’d like to transition. Pick a transition day before a 4.0 division expires and you will see 5.0 credit on the right; pick a day after a 4.0 division expires and you will not see credit.

Remember: If you have an exam that expires before June 30, 2018 (the last day that you will be able to take an ARE 4.0 division), you could potentially lose credit for any corresponding ARE 5.0 divisions. For example, if your ARE 4.0 Schematic Design division expires, then you will not receive credit for Project Planning & Design in ARE 5.0 until you retake that exam.

Credit Model View

The “credit model” view was inspired by the ARE 5.0 Credit Model (PDF). The matrix shows ARE 4.0 divisions along the left side, with the corresponding ARE 5.0 divisions along the top. To receive credit in 5.0, you’ll need to pass all asterisked divisions. For example, to receive credit for 5.0’s Construction & Evaluation, you’ll need to pass 4.0’s Construction Documents & Services.

Remember: ARE 4.0 is available until June 30, 2018
As you continue to make progress toward completing the ARE, remember that ARE 4.0 will be available until June 30, 2018. ARE 5.0 launches in 2016, at which point you’ll be able to continue testing in ARE 4.0 or self transition to ARE 5.0. You can learn more about ARE 5.0 on NCARB’s  website and blog