Getting Started With the ARE
In order to take the ARE, you must:
You should always contact your registration board directly to verify the requirements to gain access to the ARE.
Authorization to Test
To request authorization to take the ARE, you must transmit your NCARB Record to your registration board. [more]
Your registration board will make you eligible for the ARE unless it participates in NCARB’s Direct Registration Program.
You will receive an Authorization to Test from Prometric. Your Authorization to Test includes your name, address, candidate identification number, your registration board, and all divisions you are eligible to take.
It is important that the name printed on your Authorization to Test matches the name printed on your primary form of identification. If your name is incorrect or you have changed you name, contact your registration board. Do not schedule an appointment to test until your receive a corrected Authorization to Test.
To change the address on your authorization to test, you must contact the ARE Helpline, your registration board, and NCARB. NCARB and Prometric are NOT responsible for lost, misdirected, or delayed mail.
Scheduling an Exam
Candidates may take the ARE divisions in any order, and at any time and Prometric location they choose (subject to availability). Most test centers are open six days a week, 50 weeks a year. [more]
Paying for the ARE
Each division of ARE 4.0 is $210. This fee is non-refundable. [more]
ARE 4.0 Divisions
The ARE consists of seven divisions that include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and check-all-that-apply questions as well as graphic vignettes. [more]