NCARB has recently become aware of a new online scam related to the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). You may encounter Instagram posts or posts on other social media platforms promising an easy way to get licensed without taking the ARE. The scam typically asks you to provide your personal registration information and a sum of money, with a claim that the scammer will take your exam for you.
While follow-through on this promise would be unethical and subject to serious disciplinary and legal action, in most cases, the scammer simply takes your payment and personal information.
NCARB continues to report fraudulent social media posts to the host company to have such posts removed and accounts closed. If you come across one of these posts or something similar:
- Request the social media platform to remove the fraudulent posts and close the account
- Do not engage with the post, share any of your personal information, or provide any financial information or payment
- Notify NCARB customer service of the post by contacting email@example.com
Fraudulently circumventing the licensure process has serious professional repercussions. Help protect the value of licensure and the integrity of the architectural profession by reporting this activity.
Online Proctoring Systems Requirement Update
Beginning January 24, 2023, PSI’s secure testing browser, Bridge, will no longer support Windows 8.1, macOS 10.15, or earlier operating systems. If you take an online proctored exam on or after January 24, you must launch your exam on a computer running Windows 10 or 11, or macOS 11, 12, or 13. PSI will not be able to provide support for candidates who experience technical issues if they attempt to test on an unsupported operating system.