See our Arch Exam Candidate Guide for everything you need to know to get started on your exams.

To begin just read through the posts below and work your way through the guide:

The Basics

How to Become a Registered Architect (RA)

Architect Registration Exam–ARE 4.0

What are the requirements for taking the ARE?

How to Study

ARE Exam Order

Creating an ARE Study Plan

How to Start Studying for the ARE 4.0

ARE Study Materials

Mastering Multiple Choice

Graphic Vignettes

How to Run NCARB Software on Your New PC!

What you need to know about the Graphic Vignettes


Starting IDP, and Taking the ARE, even if you’re Unemployed.

NCARB Early Eligibility–Are you clear for ARE takeoff?

Starting an NCARB account with IDP 2.0, and Logging NCARB Hours online

AEA Membership

Of course, you can always become a member to gain access to everything the Academy has to offer.

For pricing see our Membership page.