Released June 28, 2022
NCARB is pleased to offer two new accommodations for Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) candidates who speak English as a second language (ESL): 20% extended testing time and the use of a word-to-word translation dictionary.
NCARB staff and psychometrician consultants have conducted extensive research and analysis into the performance of candidates who are not native English speakers. Based on the findings, NCARB has determined that offering these industry-standard ESL accommodations will encourage greater accessibility and equity in the licensure process.
You are eligible for an ESL accommodation if English is not your native language.
To apply, download the ESL testing accommodations application form from NCARB's website and submit the form to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "ESL Accommodation."
Do not schedule any exam appointments if you are in the accommodation application process. Exam accommodations cannot be applied retroactively to already scheduled appointments.
Note: If you are pursuing licensure in New York, please be aware that New York will not accept divisions of the ARE passed using ESL accommodations.
NCARB is committed to ensuring the exam is accessible to all candidates by providing reasonable accommodations for temporary or permanent medical conditions, including those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn more about applying for a medical accommodation in the ARE 5.0 Guidelines.