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BSA ARE Success Teams have brought together unlicensed designers to study and complete the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) within a year since 2005.

Success Teams offer the opportunity to learn from and share with your peers and future colleagues. Formed at one of our quarterly kickoffs, teams are largely self-structured. Teams coordinate meeting times and locations and study together, sharing their experience, resources and tips, keeping everyone on track and asking questions. Each member pledges to meet with and support their team members through the completion of their exam series. A library of Kaplan study materials is available at the BSA offices for team members to borrow.

2016 Kickoff Meetings:

  • Wednesday, February 24 - 6:00pm (moved from Feb 17th)
  • Wednesday, April 13 - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 14 - 6:00pm

All meetings take place at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston.

Many Success Teams “alums” tell us their group was invaluable to their licensure process, and even remain close for years after. We hope you’ll find a similar experience. To learn more about the ARE Success Teams program, contact us at or call our membership team at 617-391-4010.

Fee: $60 (free for members) plus $90 refundable lending library deposit for all library users.

Your first step is to click here to register!

We look forward to seeing you soon.
BSA Membership

Useful NCARB Links

Getting Started With the ARE
You should contact your registration board directly to verify the requirements to gain access to the ARE.

Learn about the history of the ARE and how it is developed

Preparing for the ARE
NCARB Exam Guides and practice software for each division

Taking the ARE
The ARE is administered at Prometric test centers. Find a local test center near you and learn what to do when you get there.


The launch of ARE 5.0 isn’t until November 1, 2016, but NCARB has released the transition information as far in advance as possible to allow candidates who may be transitioned more time to prepare and create a plan.

You can download the NCARB ARE 5.0 Handbook here

Benefits of the Transition

We learned several lessons from our last transition, so with the transition plan to ARE 5.0 we’ve made some adjustments that will benefit candidates who will be taking the ARE at the time 5.0 launches:

  • Dual Delivery 

    ARE 4.0 will continue to be available after ARE 5.0 launches on November 1, 2016. There will be 20 months of dual delivery before ARE 4.0 is retired 30 June 2018.

  • “Self-Transition”

    ARE candidates who begin testing in ARE 4.0 will have the option to “self-transition” to ARE 5.0 as soon as it launches. This will allow candidates to continue testing in the version that is most convenient for them. However, once you transition to ARE 5.0, you will not be able to transition back to ARE 4.0.

  • Tools and Resources

    NCARB knows that each candidate’s testing situation is different, that’s why as we move closer to the launch of ARE 5.0 more interactive tools and resources will be available to help you determine the best strategy for the transition. Stay tuned!

The Credit Model

NCARB’s Examination Committee and test development consultant reviewed the content covered in each of the divisions of ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 to find a reasonable level of alignment. As a result, candidates have the opportunity to receive credit for ARE 5.0 divisions based on ARE 4.0 divisions passed.

Following this link to an NCARB's graphic illustrating how work done in 4.0 will translate into credit in 5.0

Is 5.0 Good News?

Yes! With a strategic approach to completing ARE 4.0 and 5.0, you could finish the exam in five divisions! [Learn more]

Need help or advice? Use the interactive ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator to help find your best plan for completing the ARE—whether it is in ARE 4.0, a combination of 4.0 and 5.0, or waiting for 5.0. You can log in through My NCARB to import your current testing information, including your Rolling Clock dates. [ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator]

The Rolling Clock

Before you can decide on how you should test going forward, you need to review your Rolling Clock dates. ARE 4.0 division expiration dates based on the Rolling Clock will remain in effect for the transition to ARE 5.0. The earliest expiration date of any ARE 4.0 division(s) used to create an ARE 5.0 credit will be applied.

ARE 5.0 on the NCARB Blog