NCARB is shaking things up. The next update to the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)—the final stop for many architects on the some-would-argue-too-long path to licensure—adds new question types, cuts down the exam duration from 33.5 hours to 25.5 hours, and swaps the longstanding design vignettes for case studies, NCARB announced today.

The new test will be divided into six sections, with 80 to 120 questions each. Candidates will have between 3.5 and 5 hours to complete each section. The current version, ARE 4.0, has six sections with 65 to 125 questions each, along with a seventh section requiring the completion of two design vignettes; time allotments for ARE 4.0 range from four to six hours.