The Pittsburgh’s Young Architects Forum produces an ongoing series of monthly review sessions for the Architects Registration Exam (ARE). YAF holds one session per month, each focusing on one of the seven divisions of the exam. The format is a formal, lecture style presentation on content related to the exam, each hosted by a prominent member of the architectural/ engineering community, followed by a question-and-answer session. While these sessions are geared toward exam candidates, participants are not required to currently be testing to participate in these sessions — the information presented is invaluable to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the profession.

Since 2011, the review sessions have been graciously hosted by Rothschild-Doyno Collaborative at their offices in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

For questions or suggestions, please contact the YAF.


The ARE Review Sessions are produced by AIA-Pittsburgh’s Young Architects Forum, a committee of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These sessions (and this site) are not affiliated with NCARB, nor have they been endorsed or sanctioned by NCARB.  While we hope that users of this site will find the information to be helpful, we make no guarantees of a passing score based on our advice and recommendations.  Exam candidates are strongly encouraged to review any and all available materials as part of their study process.

Regarding Confidentiality:

NCARB believes candidates are and should be free to share their general experiences with the ARE, and to help fellow candidates with their test taking skills and the examination process. Such communications are part of the normal examination process. Disclosing the content of examination questions, however, either by direct quotation or paraphrasing, crosses the line separating general help from improper conduct. Simply put, it is cheating. NCARB, however, has asked that the following reminder be given to those using websites to prepare for the ARE.

Each time a candidate takes each division of the ARE, he or she agrees to the following Confidentiality Agreement:

“I understand that the content of this examination is confidential. I agree that I will not divulge any questions on this examination to any individual or entity. I understand that the unauthorized possession, reproduction, or disclosure of any examination materials, including the nature or content of examination questions, before during or after the examination is in violation of law. A violation of this type can result in a civil liability and/or disciplinary action by my Board of Architecture.”

If an examinee cannot abide by this agreement, they should not take the exam. A violation of this Confidentiality Agreement, as it expressly states, can lead to civil liability and disciplinary action, as well as the temporary or permanent suspension of test taking privileges. Furthermore, disclosure of the content of examination questions at any time is unethical, unprofessional and a violation of the professional standards that NCARB, its member boards, certificate holders and your fellow candidates seek to foster and protect. In addition, disclosing the content of examination questions or using such information gives some candidates an unfair advantage and is extremely unfair to fellow candidates who rightfully choose not use such improper help.

The integrity of examination process, which is part of the larger certification process, is integral both to NCARB’s mission and the profession’s obligation to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. If certain examinee’s receive improper help, this threatens to diminish the ability of NCARB and state boards to protect the public’s health and safety. Accordingly, NCARB will take all steps open to it, including civil and disciplinary action, to protect the examination process and to discipline those individuals who violate the Confidentiality Agreement, those who seek to share, use or disseminate exam questions, and all those who seek to give or obtain an unfair advantage over fellow candidates.


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