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NCARB ARE Remote Testing Launches November 16

August 29,2020

NCARB is excited to announce that Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) candidates will be able to schedule remote-proctored appointments in mid-November 2020. Changes that will make remote proctoring possible are expected to launch

November 16, 2020. As test center closures and limited availability continue to impact candidates’ licensure progress, this new option will provide flexibility to take the exam in a location of the candidates choice. We will send an announcement to all candidates

and post this information on NCARB.org on September 1, 2020, and we wanted you to have all of this information in advance  – including FAQs specifically designed to help you answer questions about this effort.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


Key Takeaways


  • Expected Monday, November 16, 2020, candidates can schedule remote-proctored appointments through their NCARB Record.
  • Candidates can still test in-person at Prometric test centers.
  • The ARE’s content and division structure will not change.
  • Aspects of the exam’s delivery are being updated for both in-person and remote administrations to increase exam security and provide a more efficient experience.
  • More information about exam delivery changes will be released in mid-September.
  • We expect to release updated ARE Guidelines, ARE Handbook, and a new demo exam in October.
  • These changes will maintain the exam’s rigor, while providing candidates with greater flexibility and accessibility.
  • In summer 2021, NCARB will switch to a new test administration vendor, PSI, for both in-person and remote testing.

NCARB will continue to share information regarding remote proctoring with our members as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check the


Member Board Community for updates and upcoming events, as well as the following resources:

For questions, please reach out to 

council-relations@ncarb.org.



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