How to Read an ARE 5.0 Score Report




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    Ricardo Largaespada

    I have taken PPD on May 12th. And I have FAILED! According to my score card, I am at Level 4 on all sections. I have studied for this exam for three months, and I had memorized all the content for it, especially the codes. Is it possible for NCARB to send me my examination to determine which questions I have answered incorrectly?

    I had great determination to get a PASS on my first try in the ARE 5.0, but being at Level 4 makes me feel very uncomfortable.

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Ricardo,

    I'm sorry to hear about your failing score.  NCARB does not send candidates their examinations. Be sure to review the ARE 5.0 Guidelines (pages 23-24) for more information on steps you can take.  Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be eligible for a Review and Challenge process, which would allow you to review the questions you answered incorrectly.  Regardless of your jurisdiction, you can also request a Score Verification, through which an NCARB staff architect will review your exam performance and verify the accuracy of your score report.

    Also read through the discussion on this community, for tips on preparing for your next test.  The ARE does not expect you to memorize codes or other material.  Instead, focus on understanding the content areas described in the ARE 5.0 Handbook.

  • Hi, I tried to log in the page and it says that there is an error in the page... Error 404 and it does not let me request a score verification... kindly advise me how to proceed.

    Also, could you please let me know if Florida is eligible for a Review and Challenge process.

    Many Thanks

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for pointing out the broken link on your Score Report. We are currently in the process of developing a fix for this issue. It sounds like you are interested in a Score Verification or a Review and Challenge. You can read more about each process on our website. Also, check out pages 23 and 24 of the ARE 5.0 Guidelines

    Regarding your second question, Florida does allow candidates to appeal their exam score. I recommend that you contact the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation: Board of Architecture and Interior Design for more information. They can be contacted at 850.717.1982.

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    Cedric Reuter

    Nick, I was wondering, why doesn't NCARB offer the feedback on passing reports? It would have been nice to know if I was just skating by or really nailing an exam before moving on to the next one.

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Cedric,

    Descriptive feedback is not provided on passing score reports as the exam is designed to assess general competency, not to be used as a “teaching tool.”

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    Rebecca Weeks Erdman Edmunds

    Hi, Michelle. 

    Is a score 'verification' required? It seems like all is documented properly, so I'm not certain of the function of the verify link.

    Any thoughts you can share would be appreciated.




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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Rebecca,

    I assume you're asking about the link on the top of the first page, "To verify this score..."?  A couple things here.  First, no - it's not required.  That link is there in case someone other than the candidate (say, an employer) wants to verify that the score report hasn't been digitally edited.

    We've also updated the language on the score report, so it now says "To authenticate this score..."  That change was made to avoid confusion with the Score Verification process outlined in the ARE 5.0 Guidelines (p. 23).  The image in this Knowledge Article will be updated in the future to match.

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