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Pass CE with NCARB-approved test prep

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The first ARE® 5.0 Construction & Evaluation (CE) study materials with the NCARB stamp of approval. Prep with Video Lectures, Practice Exams, Digital Flashcards and Practical Application Videos. Prepare on your own schedule, or with your peers in one of our Virtual Workshops. All materials are designed by ARE veterans and built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives.


About Construction & Evaluation

The ARE Construction & Evaluation (CE) division covers the architect's duties towards the end of a project. The exam covers contract administration, protocols for documenting construction activities, and the responsibilities of team members based on delivery method. You’ll learn about reviewing submittals, completing field reports, and certifying pay apps. Here’s how NCARB structures the CE exam:

  • Preconstruction Activities

    13-17 expected items, 17-23% target percentage

    • Interpreting the architect’s roles and responsibilities during preconstruction based on delivery method
    • Analyzing criteria for selecting contractors
    • Analyzing aspects of the contract or design to adjust project costs
  • Administrative Procedures & Protocols

    24-29 expected items, 32-38% target percentage

    • Determining appropriate additional information to supplement contract documents
    • Evaluating submittals including shop drawings, samples, mock-ups, product data, and test results
    • Evaluating the contractor’s application for payment
    • Evaluating responses to non-conformance with contract documents
  • Construction Observation

    24-29 expected items, 32-38% target percentage

    • Evaluating the architect’s role during construction activities
    • Evaluating construction conformance with contract documents, codes, regulations, and sustainability requirements
    • Determining construction progress
  • Project Closeout & Evaluation

    5-10 expected items, 7-13% target percentage

    • Applying procedural concepts to complete close-out activities
    • Evaluating building design and performance

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ARE® Overall Practice Management (PcM) Project Management (PjM) Programming & Analysis (P&A) Project Planning & Design (PP&D) Project Dev. & Documenation (PD&D) Construction & Evaluation (C&E) Pass Rate Black Spectacles National Avg. 75% 54%

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