Architectural Practice Exam

What should be studied in preparation for the Architectural Practice Examination?

The scenarios upon which the questions are based are written by practicing architects based on situations found across the range of practice in architecture. The scenarios test one or more performance criteria that may be tested in Part 2 of the Architectural Practice Examination. Part 3 examination by interview focuses each candidate’s experience and knowledge applied in the context of the specified performance criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects. See here for the required performance criteria that may be examined in the Architectural Practice Examination and here for the link to general info about the Architectural Practice Examination.

Are there any training courses available prior to undertaking the Architectural Practice Examination?

Most Registration Boards offer a briefing session for candidates and there are several preparatory programs available for candidate. Details can be obtained by contacting the Boards directly. See here for link to Board websites.

How often is the National Examination Paper held?

There are 2 sessions of the Architectural Practice Examination each year.  The National Examination Paper is generally held in April and August each year.  Examination dates are published on the AACA website.

Contact the architect registration board in your state or territory should you require further information.

 Can I sit the exam on a different date?

No.  There are 2 sessions of the Architectural Practice Examination each year. The National Examination Paper dates are published on the AACA website. Contact the architect registration board in your state or territory should you require further information.

What does the National Examination Paper look like?

  • The National Examination Paper comprises 9 scenarios:
  • Each scenario has 5 multiple choice questions
  • Each multiple choice question has one correct answer
  • Each multiple choice question is worth one mark
  • Correct answers score as one mark – incorrect answers score as zero marks

See for here a sample scenario question.

How long is the National Examination Paper?

Candidates have 75 minutes to complete the exam (which includes ten minutes reading time), you must arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time.  

Where is the exam centre for the National Examination Paper?

Once your Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience has been assessed and accepted by the Board you will receive notification of the details of the test centre. Your personal exam log-on details will be provided by the Invigilators on the day of the exam.

Will I need to bring anything to the examination centre?

Just bring your photo identification. Your personal exam log-on details will be provided by the Invigilators on the day of the exam. Candidates will be provided with either a laptop or desktop device to undertake the exam and IT support will be on hand at the test centre to assist with any technical issues.

Who supervises the examination?

The exam will be invigilated by Board staff who will check candidates’ photo ID on the day. IT support will be available at the centre in the unlikely circumstances that technical assistance is required.

How do I know if I passed the National Examination Paper?

You will receive your results directly from the Boards generally within 3 weeks of the date of the National Examination Paper. All candidates will receive feedback based on the Performance Criteria.

Candidates who have been successful in the exam can apply to sit Part 3, Examination by Interview through their local Board.

How important is the statement of practical experience?

The statement of experience is very important and should be well considered and clearly expressed as it will be discussed in the Part 3 interview. It is important that this statement encompasses the candidate’s overall experience and is clearly linked to your logged experience.

What are the submission requirements for the Electronic Logbook?

All of this information can be found in our website here. Applications are submitted to the architect registration board in your state or territory. Some states and territories now only accept on-line applications, so check with them for specific for submission requirements.

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