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27 of the top 50 architecture firms in the United States use Black Spectacles as a test prep resource for their staff.


We are the only NCARB approved online test prep materials for all 6 divisions of the ARE 5.0.

How it works:

Firm memberships are available for as few as 2 testing candidates with a minimum of a 1-year commitment. Pricing is based on shared "seats" that can be used by any member of your team.

  • Save Money

    Save Money

    By sharing seats, the average firm can save 60 - 80% compared to purchasing individual memberships for their staff. For example, a firm with 10 active test candidates can usually share 4-5 seats for concurrent studying.

  • High Pass Rates

    High Pass Rates

    Candidates who use Black Spectacles report much higher ARE 5.0 pass rates than NCARB’s national averages for every division. View our pass rates.

  • Easy to Use

    Easy to Use

    Easily check on the progress of your staff, and enable them to study on desktop or mobile devices with a built-in dashboard that helps them track their individual progress.

  • Money-Back Guarantee

    Money-Back Guarantee

    We guarantee you’ll be satisfied with Black Spectacles or you can cancel and receive your investment back within 90 days! View our guarantee details.

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A built-in dashboard helps you track your employees' individual progress.
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Kim Aguilar Gregor
Black Spectacles is tailored to our specific firm size, to my departmental budget, and truly to the needs of this company. This was very refreshing. I found that Black Spectacles listened to the needs we had and were able to come up with a solution that benefited both parties.

Kim Aguilar Gregor

Manager of library + Archival Services, GGLO

What's included:

  • video lectures

    video lectures

    Candidates get a comprehensive lesson with full outlines and explanations of core topics in each division, led by veteran architect Mike Newman, one of the most engaging and informative instructors in the business. Black Spectacles offers over 120 hours of video lectures, all built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives.

  • practice exams

    practice exams

    Our practice exams simulate the look, feel and time constraints of the real exams and include 3 distinct forms to practice with, so there aren't any surprises on test day. We use the same process as NCARB to design our ARE® practice questions, which are developed and vetted by leading learning designers and test question experts.

  • digital flashcards

    digital flashcards

    Hundreds of built-in flashcards allow candidates to memorize relevant content, words, and objectives with each card linking to a video lecture for further explanation. In tracking progress, candidates can shuffle the deck, mark flashcards as mastered, and create their own.

  • virtual workshops

    virtual workshops

    Your staff will get hand-on experience with key concepts in live-streamed workshops guided by licensed architects. Our virtual workshops focus on the top topics that testing candidates struggle with the most, and offer a unique opportunity to participate in group exercises, get one-on-one help, and have questions answered on the spot.

Interested in a firm membership?