Don’t just study. Pass.
We’re so confident in our materials that we’ll even guarantee you pass the ARE. If you don’t we’ll pay for your retake.
How It Works:
Purchase an Expert membership, which comes with our “Pass the ARE Guarantee”.
Use our study materials to the fullest to meet the guarantee qualifications listed below.
Take your exam! If you don’t pass, you can claim your guarantee right from within your Black Spectacles Dashboard.
If you don’t pass and have met the guarantee requirements, we’ll call NCARB and give you a seat credit for you to use towards your retake, because we still have faith in you.
Why are we so confident?
Black Spectacles offers the only online ARE test prep materials that are NCARB approved for all 6 divisions of the ARE.
Higher Pass Rates
Black Spectacles members pass the ARE at higher rates than the NCARB national average across all six divisions.
Our Expert membership also includes access to Virtual Workshops, where you can work through the toughest exam topics in a group setting led by a licensed architect coach.
Take their word for it.
With Black Spectacles we really get to see who has been using the materials, how long they’ve been using it, and get a much better accuracy about the progress that has been made with them.
Architectural Designer, KPF
Qualifications of our ARE Guarantee
You do the work, and you get rewarded. To meet our guarantee standards, adhere to the following requirements:
- Attend 3 Virtual Workshops within 60 days before your exam date.
- Watch 100% of Video Lectures and Practical Application videos within 60 days before your exam date.
- Master 100% of the Flashcards within 60 days before your exam date.
- Secure 80% or better on a Practice Exam within 60 days before your exam date.
- You must be an Expert subscriber with an individual membership*.
- Report all pass/fails in your Black Spectacles Dashboard along with scheduled exam dates.
- Make your claim within 30 days of the exam date of the failed division.
- Submit NCARB ARE® Score Report for proof of fail within 30-day claim period.
- Apply the NCARB seat credit to the retake of the division in which you’ve met all requirements.
*For members registered under a Firm or Group Membership, speak with your Account Manager, or learn more about our Firm Expert Guarantee.