Because the path to becoming a licensed architect begins with an undergraduate degree from an architecture school, those interested in architecture as a career must undergo the standardized admissions tests that all college-bound students must take. All of these college-preparatory tests will eventually lead up to the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).
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Some of the standardized tests that architecture students in the United States might take include:
- ACT (American College Testing) – This test, which measures aptitude in English, mathematics, reading, and science, is for college-bound students (usually high school juniors and seniors). It is accepted at all four-year colleges and universities that accept the SAT.
- ARE (Architect Registration Examination) – This is a comprehensive seven-part exam that evaluates all the skills needed to be competent in the practice of architecture. It is required by all jurisdictions in the United States to be eligible for licensure as an architect.
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program) – This is a group of tests that determines college-level knowledge in several subject areas. Many colleges and universities will grant credit to students who meet the minimum qualifying scores in these tests, so they can be useful to students who have gained knowledge outside the classroom through job experience, independent study, or cultural relations.
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) – This test is for potential graduate school students and measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. It is required at many colleges and universities for admission into the graduate program.
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination) – This test is also for potential graduate students. It assesses verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any particular field of study. It is accepted at many colleges and universities in lieu of the GMAT.
- PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) – This test is similar in content to, although much shorter than, the SAT. It is commonly taken as practice for the SAT by college-bound students (usually high school juniors and seniors, although some seventh- and eighth-graders and high school freshmen also take it). The scores from the PSAT are also used to determine qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
- SAT (SAT Reasoning Test) – This test, which assesses proficiency in mathematics, critical reading, and writing, is for college-bound students (mostly high school juniors and seniors). Nearly all colleges and universities accept this test.
Last Updated: 04/30/2013