ARE 5.0 score report calculator

I’ve developed this approximate score report calculator for the ARE 5.0 exams because I believe the ARE community deserves to have insight into their performance after taking the tests. Unfortunately, NCARB has chosen to keep this information confidential, leading to ongoing frustration among test-takers, as evident in various posts on the NCARB forum and Facebook.

I dedicated time to create this calculator to empower you to assess your performance, even in the absence of official score reports. In my view, having an idea of how many correct answers you achieved on a failed attempt can be incredibly valuable for your exam preparation.

Here’s why:

Knowing that you were only a few questions away from passing can serve as a powerful motivator during the 60-day waiting period until your next attempt. It can boost your self-esteem and encourage you to study more effectively.

However, it’s crucial to emphasize that this knowledge should never lead to complacency, even if you were just a couple of questions short. NCARB draws questions from a vast pool, so your next attempt may feature entirely different questions, although the topics will remain similar. Therefore, it’s essential to thoroughly review all material before your next try, even if you were just one question away.

On the other hand, if you find that you were more than a few questions away from passing, this should motivate you to elevate your study efforts and take them to the next level. Adopting this realistic perspective has been the key to success for many ARE takers, including myself. After my initial attempt at PPD, when I realized I had a significant gap to bridge :)), I substantially expanded my study areas and intensified my efforts.

Ultimately, this calculator is designed to provide you with valuable insights and motivation to enhance your preparation for the ARE exams.

Best regards, Elif Bayram, AIA

how to use the calculator

Here, you’ll find individual calculators for each of the six exam divisions. To utilize these calculators, please follow these steps:

  1. Locate the scaled score on the first page of your ARE 5.0 Score Report for the specific exam division you’ve taken.

  2. Once you’ve identified your scaled score, enter this number into the provided box below the corresponding exam division.

  3. After entering your scaled score, click the “Calculate” button, or simply press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

The calculator will then provide you with an approximate count of the number of questions you were missing in order to pass that particular division.

These calculators are designed to offer you valuable insights into your performance and help you gauge your progress for each exam division. Best of luck with your ARE exam preparations!


It’s essential to keep in mind that this calculator provides only an approximation of the number of questions you answered correctly. There’s no way to determine the exact number with certainty. The calculation is based on the available information and should not be considered as a 100% accurate or final result. Instead, it offers an approximate estimate to give you some numeric insights based on your score report.

Please be aware that this method is solely developed by me, Elif Bayram, and is not endorsed or supported by NCARB or any other entity. When using this calculator, the user assumes full responsibility for its results and understands that it provides an estimation, not an official score.

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