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ARE 5.0 Handbook and Guidelines Updates

July 14,2020


ARE 5.0 Handbook Updates

Last week, NCARB posted an updated version of the ARE 5.0 Handbook. Typically, we alert candidates about updates ahead of time with a list of what’s been changed, so you’ll know what to expect. Unfortunately, we failed to do so this time around. We apologize for not bringing this to your attention sooner, and for any additional stress this has caused.
 
Our goal with the most recent updates is to clarify existing ARE 5.0 objectives related to two topic areas: sustainability and resilience, and assigned cognitive levels.

The objectives have not changed. But we’ve updated their descriptions; in some cases, that meant expanding the descriptions. Although it might appear that some objectives have become broader, encompassing more content, our intent is to give you more information about the exam as it stands today, and more accurately and clearly reflect what candidates are being tested on. The content included on the exam itself has not changed.

We also added four new resources to the Reference Matrix, all of which focus on sustainability and resilience. We often hear candidates asking for additional resources on these topics, so we went straight to our volunteer item writers to find out the best resources they’ve been using as they write items. More information about Daylighting Handbook I, Framework for Design Excellence, Green Building Illustrated, and The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Sustainable Design can be found on page 178 of the handbook.

Again, there are no content changes on ARE 5.0. This newest release of the ARE 5.0 Handbook is tied to the July 1 start of our fiscal year and is not related to item or form assembly updates.

On page 3, one additional ability was added to the Definition of Competence. Modifications to reflect the changes mentioned above (i.e., additional language to reference sustainability and resilience or cognitive levels) were added to the following objectives:

Practice Management: 1.1, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.2

Project Management: 3.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

Programming & Analysis: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7

Project Planning & Design: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Project Development & Documentation: 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 2.2, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2

Construction & Evaluation: 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2




ARE 5.0 Guidelines Updates

In addition, NCARB also made minor changes to the ARE 5.0 Guidelines to reflect changes in Prometric’s updated check-in procedures. To account for the likelihood that check-out and check-in procedures on breaks may take longer, NCARB has extended the length of the flexible break available during each administration to 25 minutes. Candidates are not required to use all the time available, and the break extension does not impact the amount of time a candidate has to test during the administration.


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