ARE 5.0 Virtual Workshops

Take a hands-on approach

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Collaborate with your peers in real time

We get it—studying on your own can sometimes feel isolating and frustrating. That’s why we created live Virtual Workshops: to give you the opportunity to work through difficult problems live, with the support of your peers and a registered architect coach. 

Virtual Workshop breakout rooms

Join the study group you need most when you need it

Each division has a live Virtual Workshop every Sunday, so no matter what division you’re working on, there’s a group available for you to join. Each workshop is also taught by the same instructors each week, so you can start to form relationships with them to get the support you need. You’ll be given a set of questions to work through together in your breakout rooms with a few other candidates to work through it together. And if at any point you need some extra guidance, you can raise your hand and the instructor will jump into your room to help you through.

Ask your questions live

There’s a dedicated Q&A section at the end of each workshop for you to ask questions and get extra guidance from your instructor, and there’s also an option to submit your questions ahead of time to make sure you don’t forget them and give your instructor time to prepare an answer. 

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ARE 5.0 virtual workshops

Reinforce key concepts

In your dashboard, you’ll see a list of prerequisite videos to watch before the live workshop. Though some new material will be introduced during the workshop, the questions build off the content covered in these videos, helping to cement and reinforce key concepts that you’ll need to pass the ARE. Plus, watching these videos will make it easier for you to complete the group exercise and ask questions that further your understanding. 

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Virtual Workshops FAQ

Can I attend multiple workshops in the same day?

All workshops are held live at 2pm Central every Sunday, so Expert members can attend one workshop each week for one division. You can't attend two meetings in the same day, but you will be able to attend workshops for a different division on a different week. 

Are Virtual Workshops recorded?

Each workshop is intended to be interactive and encourages all attendees to participate to get the full value, so there are no recordings available after. If you miss a workshop, the same topic will be covered with different exercise questions on a another week, so you'll still have a chance to join at another time.

Are Virtual Workshops required for the ARE Guarantee?

No - To meet our guarantee standards, just meet the following requirements: 
  • Be an Expert subscriber with an individual membership*.
  • Report all pass/fails in your member dashboard, along with the scheduled exam dates.
  • Make your claim within 30 days of the exam date of the failed division.
  • Submit your NCARB ARE® Score Report for proof of failure within the 30-day claim period.
  • Apply the NCARB seat credit to the retake of the division once you've met all requirements.

If you meet all the requirements for the guarantee and still don't pass, we'll call NCARB and give you a seat credit for one retake.

Get your licensure over with, once and for all