Architectural Practice Examination

Part 2:  National Examination Paper 

After satisfying the Architectural Practice Examination Part 1 requirements candidates are eligible to sit the National Examination Paper.

Examination of professional knowledge is an important part of the APE as a whole. The objective of the National Examination Paper is to provide a reliable and valid test of knowledge and application of relevant performance criteria in the National Standard of Competency for Architects. Candidates must pass the National Examination Paper as a condition of admission to Part 3, the Examination by Interview.

From 2018, a revised exam format comes into effect.

The National Examination Paper is a 75 minute ‘closed book’ scenario computer-based exam. It consists of nine ‘scenarios’.  Each scenario comprises 5 multiple choice questions with each multiple choice question having 4 responses with one correct response.

Key changes:   

  • computer based delivery of the National Examination Paper conducted by the Boards in test centres nominated by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia in each state or territory
  • 9 scenarios with each scenario having 5 multiple choice questions making a total of forty-five questions to be answered in 75 minutes
  • Each question is worth one mark. Correct answers are scored as one mark and incorrect answers as a zero mark  
  • negative marking is removed
  • all candidates receiving feedback with their results based on the Performance Criteria tested in the exam.       

See the Guide for Candidates and the links below for detailed guidance about the National Examination Paper.   

Important Information for Candidates on the revised National Examination Paper

AACA NEP Sample Scenario


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