Young Architect Guide: The Truth About the Architect Registration Exam

Samantha Raburn is a newly licensed architect at Stantec Architecture in Plano, Texas. Her blog, The Aspiring Architect, recounts her journey to become qualified and acts as an insightful guide to all those following a similar path into the profession. The Architect Registration Exam — the three most daunting words every aspiring architect has to deal with. After taking my fifth of the seven of these required tests, I feel like I can give my opinion on them. But let me also follow that with this: Everyone that has taken these exams will have a different opinion — that they are easy, hard, stupid or useful — and each will have their own interpretation of the process. What I’m writing today is just my views and opinions on the exams as a recent college graduate. For ease of reading, I broke it down into a question and answer/opinion format. Q: Is it better to test right out of school or after you’ve gained a few years of experience? A: One of the most common phrases I heard after graduation from people at work was “take the ARE and get it over with as soon as possible!” There are a few ...
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