ARE Update: Get Ready to Test With Our New FREE Practice Exams

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    Olesia Kruglov

    Is it possible to retake one once you've started? I'm planning to use it for the whiteboard practice and take my time reading the explanations, but don't want to be rushed by the time limit.

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    Ian Luke

    Is the difficulty of the new practice exams the same as the actual exams? I understand the questions are developed the same but it’s nice to be able to gauge the difficulty for preparedness of the actual exam.

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    NCARB

    Olesia,

    Yes! You can take the practice exams as many times as you need to prepare for your real exam. You are not limited to one attempt, so feel free to take your time and read the explanations thoroughly.  

    Ian,

    You are correct, items on the practice exams were developed the same way as items on the real exam. Items on the practice exams were written to the defined objectives and cognitive levels for each division of the ARE (outlined in the ARE 5.0 Guidelines), and they are also written to the same rigorous item writing standards as items on the real exam. Because of this, the items are a good representation of what you will see on the real exam. 

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    Ksenia Nation

    Are the six new practice exams only available to people currently testing? I have gotten my license, but wanted to see what the new practice exams look like, and I don't see a way to access them. I can still access the one practice exam that has the 75 questions for all the exam sections like before the update.

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    NCARB

    Hi Ksenia,

    NCARB’s divisional practice exams are only available to ARE candidates with an active NCARB Record and active exam eligibilities. Since you already have your license, you will not have access to the divisional practice exams. As you mentioned in your post, you can still access the 75-question multidivisional practice exam, which is available through our website. 

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    Dante Dovali

    If you take a practice exam for a specific section and want to retake it, will it have the same questions? Or does each practice exam attempt come with a new set of questions?

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    NCARB

    Hi Dante,

    Each divisional practice exam contains one set of questions, so if you take a practice exam twice, you'll see the same questions on both attempts. 

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    Victoria Cimmino

    Are any of the practice questions actual exam questions?  I understand that they are formatted the same, etc.  But are there any that are the exact question on the Exam?

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    NCARB

    Hi Victoria, 

    No, the practice exam questions are not the same questions that you will see on the exam. However, the practice exams were written and developed the same way that our real exams are developed: volunteer architects collaborate to develop questions that test on the objectives outlined in the ARE 5.0 Guidelines.

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