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Since 2004, EduMind has been passionate about helping people take their careers to the next level. We have served more than 11,000 companies by preparing employees to pass their professional certification exams—including the Architect Registration Examination (ARE® ).

EduMind offers comprehensive exam review courses for all six divisions of the ARE 5.0. We also offer multiple class formats to fit your learning style, including our instructor-led Live Online classes and our at-your-fingertips Ondemand learning platform.

Our ARE 5.0 review courses are taught by industry experts who have extensive, hands-on knowledge of each division of the exam to help you prepare, practice, and pass with confidence. We're so confident that you'll pass the exam, we offer a free repeat if you don't!*

*Exclusions may apply

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.

Project Management

The Project Management division of the ARE® 5.0 reviews the processes and procedures for managing architectural projects. This includes understanding the role of contracts and how they fit into project management regarding organization and managing personnel and consultants. This division also examines strategies for improving the delivery of services through quality control, scheduling, and project teams.

PjM Content Areas Include:

Resource Management - The Resource Management area reviews how resources are managed in an architectural practice and how they affect project management in assessing the allocation of resources.

Project Work Planning - The Project Work Planning area looks to the importance of developing and maintaining project work plans and project schedules. This area also explores communication strategies between the project team and internal staff, along with the owner and contractor.

Contracts - The Contracts area evaluates the agreements between the architect and the owner, along with the architect’s responsibilities to the contractor. This area assesses the adherence to contractual roles and responsibilities and ascertains and understanding of key elements of these agreements.

Project Execution - The Project Execution area evaluates the process of executing a project through budgets, project delivery methods, changes in scope, and conformance to regulations and approval processes per authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs).

Project Quality Control - The Project Quality Control area examines procedures for the compliance with laws and regulations and using quality control to reduce risk and liability through various procedures, including documentation review. This area also explores the management of the design process in adhering to the objectives of design.

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.

Project Planning and Design

The Project Planning and Design division of the ARE® 5.0 reviews the preliminary design of buildings and sites through conceptual design, design associated with sustainability and the environment, and with codes and regulations such as universal design.

PPD Content Areas Include:

Environmental Conditions and Context - The Environmental Conditions and Context area examines the conditions of the site and context in building design based on site analysis examining building location, sustainable practices, and influence of neighborhood.

Codes and Regulations - The Codes and Regulations area examines the role of zoning, environmental requirements, and building codes on design. It also includes the layering of multiple codes in the design of a project.

Building Systems, Materials, and Assemblies - The Building Systems, Materials, and Assemblies area determines the implementation of structural systems, mechanical systems, and assemblies and materials that meet regulations, program, and budget constraints.

Project Integration of Program and Systems - The Project Integration of Program and Systems area covers the determination and integration of building systems, program requirements, environment, and contextual conditions in building configuration.

Project Costs and Budgeting - The Project Costs and Budgeting area covers cost evaluations and design process, considerations due to cost, and design alternatives.

Project Development and Documentation

The Project Development and Documentation division of the ARE® 5.0 reviews building system integration, materials and assemblies, and their selection in a project. Additionally, this division evaluates the integration of systems such as structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil—as well as specialty systems—into design and documentation.

PDD Content Areas Include:

Integration of Building Materials and Systems - The Integration of Building Materials and Systems area examines the integration of building systems in sizing structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems per project requirements as well as integrating acoustics, communications, fire suppression, conveying systems, lighting, and security, and their detailing and coordination in integration.

Construction Documentation - The Construction Documentation area determines the documentation required for building and site information, details within larger systems, the assembly of a coordinated document set, and how changes affect the process of documentation.

Project Manual and Specifications - The Project Manual and Specifications area identifies the role of the project manual for coordinating specifications with construction documents and examines the particulars of writing and maintaining project manuals and specifications while refining them.

Codes and Regulations - The Codes and Regulations area determines compliance with the International Building Code (IBC) and other regulatory requirements at the detail level.

Construction Cost Estimates - The Construction Cost Estimates area examines the alignment of estimates of construction costs with design.

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.

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 some 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 several 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.

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.

Edumind had exceed my expectations. I took three different live classes for the Architectural ARE exams with them and I was very impressed on the teacher’s knowledge, the amount of detail on their explanations and the attentiveness to answer our questions. Their material is current, with an easy webpage to navigate. My teacher hand-sketched on the fly to make the classes more didactive and hands on. I have enjoyed every minute of it and as a side note, if want to get back to something that need to be re-visited, the classes are available to watch on demand for a certain time. Thank you again Edumind team for the good work! - Natalí Garcia

EduMind’s ARE review course greatly helped me when I was running low on study time. With the help of the course material I was confident I was directing my limited time towards the best study approach. I was so relieved when I finally passed my tests after taking this course. - Mr. Joel B. Wasser

The review offered by the program helped me a lot with passing the exam. The classes were well organized, and the instructors were knowledgeable and well prepared. I strongly recommend this program. - Mrs. Mihaylova

The course was worth every minute I put into it. It helped me focus on essential knowledge for the test. - Mr. Singleton

The method and format of the class is excellent! The instructors understand that the people taking this course, in most cases, are working full-time jobs. The material was well organized, and I felt prepared once I completed the course. Thank you! - Mr. S. Wallington

This class was especially helpful for me since I was eight years out of practice studying. The Ondemand option provided me the flexibility to study when my other responsibilities allowed. - Mr. Miller

These courses provided a thorough break down of each topic, that will leave you more than ready for the exam! - Mr. Coward

This course takes a lot of guess work out of preparation. It is a very efficient and thorough way to prepare. The example problems and workshop/practice problems are very similar to what you will experience on the exam. - Mr. Smith

Great material for preparing for the test. During test day, I was able to recognize problems and remember how to work through them. Invest time in the classes and doing all the problems. - Mr. Davis

The material provided with the course was very helpful, especially the sample problems and solutions. - Mr. Vincent

Dr. Gallegos, Arch D

  • - BA, Architecture, University of Notre Dame
  • - Master, Architecture in Urban Design, University of Colorado
  • - PhD, Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • - Designated a visiting scholar
  • - Director of Design Planning Assistance Center, University of New Mexico

Ms. Maggie Kirk, Associate AIA

  • - Architecture Faculty Member, California Polytechnic State University
  • - Award-winning designer, educated in New York City and Florence, Italy
  • - Certified Passive House Consultant
  • - Regional Representative, California/Pacific Region for PHIUS

Ms. Anna Koosmann, NCARB

  • - BS, Architecture and Art History Minor, University of Wisconsin, Cum Laude - Masters, Architecture, University of
      Washington- Scholar, Fulbright (EDRA CORE Award, 2018)
  • - Cofounded a grassroots design-build coalition
  • - Established the first Filipino-led, design-build university program in the Philippines

Mr. Keelan Kaiser, Licensed Architect

  • - BS, Architectural Studies, University of Nebraska
  • - Masters, Architecture, University of Nebraska
  • - Architecture Program Director, California Baptist University
  • - Researcher/Consultant, Serena Strum Architects

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE)® 5.0 is a six-part exam that is designed to test your skills regarding the practice of Architecture. The six divisions are as follows: Practice Management, Project Management, Programming and Analysis, Project Planning and Design, Project Development and Documentation, and Construction and Evaluation. Each exam varies in length and number of questions. Please visit for additional questions regarding the ARE 5.0.

Each student should have the following publication to use as a reference during the lectures: ARE® 5.0 Handbook by NCARB. You can download this handbook from the NCARB website by clicking here.

Your AXP supervisor manages you daily and is responsible for your work. They assign you projects that give you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills required.

You will be provided pencils and paper as well as a calculator, necessary formulas, and structural tables.

According to, you will need to log into your My NCARB account and follow the below steps:

  • Go to your NCARB Record and click “Experience”
  • Select “+ New Experience Report”
  • Select your experience setting
  • Enter your employment or select your other experience type, then select the report format you will be using
  • Enter your hours
  • Review your report and submit it to your supervisor

An AXP Mentor is a registered architect who can offer counsel, experience, and encouragement to the candidate and allow them to get to know architects outside of their own firm.

Each exam has multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, quantitative-fill-in-the-blank, hotspot, and drag-and-place questions.

Eligibility to take the exam is dependent upon your individual jurisdiction’s requirements. You also must obtain a record with NCARB by filling out their application.

Course Formats


Live Online

Unlike other ARE® 5.0 review courses, we provide instructor-led classes through our Live Online format. These classes provide the same structure as a traditional classroom, only from the comfort of your home or wherever you prefer to learn. Students can ask the instructor questions in real-time, interact with their classmates, and collaborate on specific topics. As an added benefit, the Live Online classes are recorded and available for students to review at a later time as well.



We also offer our ARE® 5.0 review courses through our Ondemand learning platform. Students receive access to a virtual Study Hub that provides everything needed to prepare for the exam at your own pace. This includes comprehensive lecture videos, refresher notes, discussion forum access, and the option to send questions to instructors*. The Ondemand platform provides immediate access to all course materials and allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

*Exclusions may apply

About the ARE® 5.0

The ARE® 5.0 consists of six separate divisions that are designed to follow the progression of the typical architecture project. However, the examinee can take each of these divisions in any order they choose. Once a passing score is received in a division, this starts what is referred to as a "rolling clock." From this point forward, the examinee has five years to pass the other five divisions of the exam. In the event the examinee does not pass the other divisions in the allotted five years, the passing score will expire, and the examinee will be required to retake the division.

To find out if you're eligible to take the ARE 5.0, please contact your state's licensing board.