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Exam Information

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The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE is the only examination prepared by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and has been adopted for use by all 55 U.S. member boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the examination required of all candidates for architectural licensure. For the most current information about the ARE, go to that section at www.ncarb.org.

FOR ARCHITECT EXAM CANDIDATES: If you require examination administration accommodations that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, please complete and submit the form for such requests.

"Rolling Clock" Instituted

During the 2004 NCARB Annual Meeting and Conference, a majority of NCARB member boards approved the establishment of a "rolling clock" for ARE candidates. A five-year rolling clock was implemented January 1, 2006.

Why was a rolling clock instituted for the ARE?

After two years of study, NCARB's Procedures & Documents Committee decided to require that all divisions of the ARE be passed in a reasonable amount of time. Committee members reviewed the historical changes to the exam, the requirements of those Member Boards that currently have rolling clock provisions, similar requirements in other professions, and related content validity information provided by the Chauncey Group, ultimately determined that a five-year eligibility period was most appropriate for this new national standard.

Learn more about the Council's rolling clock and the latest on the ARE at www.ncarb.org/en/ARE.

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Types of Exams Administered

Colorado administers the National Council of Examiners For Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) examinations.
 

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 8 Hours Closed Book (NCEES)
Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) 8 Hours Open Book (NCEES)
Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) 8 Hours Closed Book (NCEES)
Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) 6 Hours Closed Book (NCEES)
Colorado State Specific (CSS) 1.5 Hours Closed Book State Exam (COLORADO)

 
Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination Disciplines Offered

You can review PE exam information, format and disciplines offered at: http:/www.ncees.org/Exams/PE_exam.php

Applications are retained by the Board for a period of two years commencing with the original date of Board approval. If you do not take your exam within that two-year period, your application and supporting documents will be purged from the Board files. It is then necessary that you apply with a new application and fees. However, each time you take and fail an exam your application is automatically renewed for another two years.

April exams are offered in Denver and Durango. October exams are offered in Denver and Grand Junction.

Exam Dates

For a listing of all exam dates, please go here.

Applications are retained by the Board for a period of two years commencing with the original date of Board approval. If you do not take your exam within that two-year period, your application and supporting documents will be purged from the Board files. It is then necessary that you apply with a new application and fees. However, each time you take and fail an exam your application is automatically renewed for another two years.

April exams are offered in Denver and Durango. October exams are offered in Denver and Grand Junction.

NCEES Examinee Guide

The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams.  All examinees are required to read this document before starting the exam registration process.  It is the examinee’s responsibility to make sure you have the current version. 

NCEES exams are administered in either a computer-based format or a pencil-and-paper format.  Each method of administration has specific rules.  This guide describes the rules for each exam format.  Refer to the appropriate section for your exam.

The recently updated version is available at:  www.ncees.org/examinee-guide

Typical Exam Question Booklets

Typical question booklets for the NCEES exams listed above may be ordered through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). You may request an order form by calling NCEES at (864) 654-6824, or contact the NCEES through their website at www.ncees.org.

State Specific PLS Exam

An outline for the Colorado State Specific 1.5 hour Professional Land Surveyor exam may be obtained by clicking on the following link, Study Guide for the 1.5 hr. Colorado State Specific LS Exam.

Please note that HB10-1085 and “The United States Department of the Interior, 2009 Manual of Instructions: For the Survey of Public Lands of the United States,” will be covered on the Colorado State Specific Survey Examination administration. Find a copy of the legislation at the Laws, Rules and Policies page.

FOR ENGINEER & LAND SURVEYOR EXAM CANDIDATES: If your require examination administration accommodations that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the information and form are available at: http://www.ncees.org/Exams/Special_accommodations.php

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Beginning with the October 2013 exam administration, NCEES no longer provides pass/fail letters to examinees.  Instead, examinees are notified when their results are available, along with instructions to log into their My NCEES account.  
 
Below, refer to additional exam result information by clicking on the applicable document:
 
Engineer Exams
Pass
FE – Fundamentals of Engineering
PE – Principles & Practice of Engineering
SE – Structural (Both Components)
SE – Structural (Vertical Component)
SE – Structural (Lateral Component)
 
Fail
FE – Fundamentals of Engineering
PE – Principles & Practice of Engineering
SE – Structural (Both Components, Vertical or Lateral)
 
Surveyor Exams

Pass
FS – Fundamentals of Surveying
PS – Principles & Practice of Land Surveying
 
Fail
FS – Fundamentals of Surveying
PS – Principles & Practice of Land Surveying
 
 

 
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