ARE® 5.0 Programming and Analysis 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 Programming and Analysis

The Programming and Analysis division of the ARE 5.0 reviews opportunities, constraints, and requirements for projects. This division examines the multitude of aspects in developing a project, including establishing the criteria (qualitative and quantitative) affecting projects and subsequent analysis of project type, site, and associated context and economics.

PA Content Areas Include:

Environmental and Contextual Conditions - The Environmental and Contextual Conditions area evaluates the environmental and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of specific sites for evaluating sustainable strategies and onsite resources.

Codes and Regulations - The Codes and Regulations area recognizes the role of local and site-specific requirements for building design such as building and site types, zoning, and land use.

Site Analysis and Programming - The Site Analysis & Programming content area reviews the role of the site in design through reports and documentation, qualitative and quantitative aspects of program, and graphical representation in analysis and programming.

Building Analysis and Programming - The Building Analysis and Programming area evaluates attributes of new or existing buildings—as qualitative or quantitative and through graphical representations—regarding program, documentation, reports, building components, spatial and functional associations, recommendations due to schedule and budgets (preliminary), and other assessments to prioritize components and identify alternative building systems.

ARE Programming and Analysis 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 Programming and Analysis 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 Programming and Analysis FAQs

The ARE Programming & Analysis exam is an exam designed and administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) focusing on the evaluation of project requirements, constraints, and opportunities.


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 Programming & Analysis exam was 52% in 2021.

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

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

The ARE Programming & Analysis 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.

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 Programming & Analysis exam, examinees must earn a score equal to or greater than the exam’s cut score (the minimum score required to pass).

To qualify for the ARE Programming & Analysis 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.


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