After going to an accredited architecture school for 6 years and graduating with a "Professional" degree, I thought the courses and testing portion of my education would be completed. If NCARB so strongly believes that the ARE tests are such an imperative part of becoming an Architect, shouldn't the material and tests be incorporated and administered as part of the required curriculum for accredited architecture schools around the Country?
I have been working professionally in an architecture office for 13 years and I still can't make sense of the reasoning for the ARE testing process. I do agree with the requirements for IDP. I think that practical experience should definitely be required before obtaining a license. But passing tests only proves your ability to be a good test taker, not the ability to practice and be a good and responsible Architect. There are plenty of licensed Architects out there that still don't know what they are doing in the real world, but have the ability to sign & seal documents because they past the tests. And yet, there are others that may have not gotten around to taking the ARE due to either the cost of the exams & study material (on top of the high student loans they already owe), or because of the lack of time left between actually working and raising families, etc.
Is there any consideration from NCARB to make the licensing tests a part of the architecture school programs for future generations?
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