ARE® 5.0 Practice Management 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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Key Course Features

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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 Practice Management

The Practice Management division of the ARE 5.0 focuses on the business of architecture and the intricacies of managing an architectural practice. Topics common to this exam include employee allocation per project, asset allocation and business development, various contracts and fee structures, responsibilities, and regulations.

PcM Content Areas Include:

Business Operations - The Business Operations area reviews regulations that affect business practices, the allocation of personnel and resources, the management of personnel and resources, the ethical standards of architectural practice, and the provision of the standard of care.

Finances, Risk, and Development of Practice - The Finances, Risk, and Development of Practice area reviews the financial implications of an architectural practice in management and personnel allocation and how they contribute to the health and success of a professional practice.

Practice-Wide Delivery of Services - The Practice-Wide Delivery of Services area reviews the practice of delivering a service, management of such services in regard to clients, the application of specific contracts and procedures per those services, and determination of the risks associated with such services.

Practice Methodologies - The Practice Methodologies area reviews the structure and organization of the professional practice and examines the practices of the organization in project service delivery methodologies such as documentation and coordination.

ARE Practice Management 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 Practice Management 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 Practice Management FAQs

The ARE Practice Management exam is an exam designed and administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) focusing on the management of architectural practice.


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.


The pass rate of the ARE Practice Management exam was 53% in 2021.

You will be provided a calculator within the ARE software to use during exams. No other calculators are allowed.

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

To qualify for the ARE Practice Management 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.

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.

There are 65 questions on the ARE Practice Management exam. It is 3 hours and 20 minutes in length including a 30-minute break.

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

The ARE Practice Management 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.

The ARE Practice Management 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.


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