ARE® 5.0 Construction and Evaluation Exam Prep Course

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Overview—Grow Your Skills in Architecture

Since 2004, EduMind has been passionate about helping people take their careers to the next level. Our subject matter expert ARE instructors specialize in the topics they teach. They have not only spent many years building up architecture students but also serving their communities as professional architects! A combination of our exclusive learning features and expert instruction will provide what you need to succeed on your Architect Registration Examinations.

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  • ARE Bundle Options Bundling options available— contact us to learn more about registering for a group of courses
  • ARE Subject Matter Subject matter expert instructors ensure you receive specialized teaching.
  • ARE Workshop Problems Workshop problems allow students to practice the numerical skills needed on exams.
  • ARE Downloadable, Instructor-Provided Course Notes Downloadable, instructor-provided course notes provide concise outline of material.
  • ARE Study Hub Study Hub provides access to innovative learning tools, flash cards, and more!
  • ARE Option Submit Option to submit questions to instructors to clarify concepts or concerns.
  • ARE Course Completion Certificate Course completion certificate to attach in resume.

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Course Includes: All Six Division Access + Lecture Videos + Question Bank ($190 value) + Flashcards ($60 value)

Course Includes: All Six Division Access + Lecture Videos + Question Bank ($190 value) + Flashcards ($60 value)  + Questions to Instructor + Money-Back Guarantee

Course Includes: All Six Division Access + Lecture Videos + Question Bank ($190 value) + Flashcards ($60 value) + Questions to Instructor + Money-Back Guarantee

ARE Construction and Evaluation

The Construction and Evaluation division of the ARE 5.0 reviews the process of construction administration including contract administration, execution, and services such as submittal reviews, construction observation and payment requests, project close-out, and post-occupancy activities.

CE Content Areas Include:

Preconstruction Activities - The Preconstruction Activities area examines the architect’s role per project delivery method in preconstruction, procedures in choosing contractors, and assessing project costs and impacts on contacts and design.

Construction Observation - The Construction Observation area examines the architect’s role during construction in conformance with contracts, regulations and codes, and requisites for sustainable design and assessing progress in construction.

Administrative Procedures and Protocols - The Administrative Procedures and Protocols area determines and evaluates information that supplements the original contract documents, ascertains the role of submittals, and reviews the procedures for nonconforming work and approval of the contractor’s applications for payment.

Project Closeout and Evaluation - The Project Closeout and Evaluation area determines procedures with close-out activities as well as the evaluation of building performance with assessment.

ARE Construction and Evaluation Features

Our Review Courses for Each Division Feature Refresher and Workshop Sessions:

Refresher Sessions - These prepare students by reviewing topics that are critical for the ARE 5.0. This section will allow students to experience theory and high-probability problems. Approximately 60% of the total class time is spent on refresher sessions.

Workshop Sessions - These allow our students to practice and solve problems that are standalone and require numerical solutions. Approximately 40% of the total class time is spent on workshop sessions. The workshops consist exclusively of solving problems, which is critical for the ARE 5.0.

ARE Construction and Evaluation Material

EduMind will provide each student with several pages of handouts prepared by our instructors as a guide for the review course. This material is available immediately for those taking the Ondemand review course and one week prior to the first class for those taking the Live Online review course.

Each student should have the following publication to use as a reference during the lectures:

ARE 5.0 Handbook
You can download this handbook from the NCARB website by clicking here.

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ARE Construction and Evaluation FAQs

The ARE Construction & Evaluation exam is an exam designed and administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) focusing on construction contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation of projects.


You can retake a failed ARE division as soon as 60 days after your previous test date, but you can only take the same division three times within any twelve-month period.


During the exam, examinees have access to on-screen materials including a calculator, digital whiteboard, reference formulas, and structural tables.

The ARE Construction & Evaluation exam is taken at a PSI test center. You can find your closest test center through the Exams tab on your NCARB Record. You can also take the ARE exam at a private location through online proctoring if your chosen location meets the requirements.

There are 75 questions on the ARE Construction & Evaluation exam. It is 3 hours and 40 minutes in length including a 30-minute break.

There are various suggested orders to take the six ARE divisions in, but one popular plan is to take them in the following order: Practice Management, Project Management, Programming & Analysis, Project Planning & Design, Project Development & Documentation, and then Construction & Evaluation.

To pass the ARE Construction & Evaluation exam, examinees must earn a score equal to or greater than the exam’s cut score (the minimum score required to pass).

The ARE Construction & Evaluation exam consists of the following item types: multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, quantitative-fill-in-the-blank, hotspot, drag-and-place, and case study.

To qualify for the ARE Construction & Evaluation exam, you must meet your state board’s education requirement and receive eligibility to test from that board. You can check your jurisdiction’s requirements through NCARB’s licensing requirement tool.

During the ARE Construction & Evaluation exam, you will be able to use an on-screen calculator. All personal calculators are prohibited.

Results for the ARE Construction & Evaluation exam are usually processed within one week of the test date. You can also view provisional feedback directly after the exam, but this feedback is not official.

The pass rate of the ARE Construction & Evaluation exam was 62% in 2021.

When considering how much time is necessary to prepare for your ARE exams, you should expect to take three months and/or 50 to 55 hours studying for each division. Study efforts should consist of a combination of the following: rereading review materials, taking practice quizzes and exams, watching course videos, and/or working through practice problems.


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