Released October 29, 2020
To help you prepare for the launch of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) online proctoring option on December 14, 2020, NCARB’s exam team is responding to every question posed before, during, or after our recent live webinar.
Online Proctoring Q&A
We received over 200 different questions during our webinar. To make sure you have the answers you need, NCARB staff are creating video responses for the questions we didn’t get to during the webinar. The second group of video answers is now available now, with two more sets to come.
Visit our blog or YouTube channel to watch this round of Q&A videos covering the following topics: online proctoring launch timeline, online proctoring testing setup, what happens during your appointment, and questions about exam software and the demo exam.
In the next two groups of video answers, NCARB will cover exam accommodations, the new digital whiteboard, and the transition to PSI. To get an immediate notification when the remaining videos are ready, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and be on the lookout for additional emails next week. Plus, check out our playlist to catch up on the first set of NCARB Live response videos, including questions about the new break policy and updated exam timing.
Additional Exam Resources
NCARB previously announced that when online proctoring launches on December 14, several other important changes to exam navigation, timing, and tools will also go into effect. These changes impact all candidates, whether testing in-person or remotely. Make sure you’re ready by checking out our available resources, including the updated ARE 5.0 Guidelines and ARE 5.0 Handbook, as well as the new Guide to Online Proctoring and ARE 5.0.
Updated Webcam Requirements
In case you missed the recent updated announcement, candidates testing via online proctoring are required to have an external webcam to facilitate exam security and check-in procedures. NCARB understands that requiring an external webcam may create an additional expense for candidates. To help offset this, NCARB will provide all candidates who schedule their first online appointment a one-time $50 prepaid card. Learn more.
What to Expect
NCARB anticipates launching the new, full-length demonstration exam within the next few weeks. This new version extends the length of the practice exam, incorporates new features that will be implemented on December 14, and more fully simulates the breadth and depth of the exam experience. In particular, this update will feature the new digital whiteboard tool and additional changes aligning with the launch of online proctoring (such as the new break feature and navigation).