In 2017 the AACA, with the support of the Architect Registration Boards, engaged the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to review the National Examination Paper (Part 2 of the Architectural Practice Examination).
In a nutshell, the Review found that the examination of knowledge is an important part of the APE as a whole, and the use of scenarios relevant to architectural practice in Australia is a valid basis for the assessment of architectural knowledge on the path to registration as an architect. The revised exam format comes into effect from April 2018.
- online (computer based) delivery of the National Examination Paper at venues nominated by AACA/ACER
- 9 scenarios with each scenario having 5 multiple choice questions making a total of forty-five questions to be answered in 70 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.
- results generated within 2 weeks with all candidates receiving feedback with their results based on the Performance Criteria.