Part 2:  National Examination Paper 

candidates who have met the eligibility requirements for APE Part 1 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.

The National Examination Paper is a 90 minute ‘closed book’ scenario computer-based exam.  

  • it consists of 9 scenarios with each scenario having 5 multiple choice questions making a total of forty-five questions to be answered in 90 minutes
  • each multiple choice question has 4 responses with one correct response
  • 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, Remote Proctoring FAQs, and the link below for detailed guidance about the National Examination Paper.

AACA NEP Sample Scenario

Part 3:  Examination by Interview

Candidates who successfully complete the National Examination Paper are invited by the relevant architect registration board to submit for an interview conducted by two experienced practising architects (known as Architectural Practice Examination Assessors). 

The objective of the Interview is to enable the Assessors to confirm that the candidate has demonstrated adequate knowledge and/or experience of the National Standard of Competency for Architects sufficient to enable him or her to perform to the standard expected of an architect in Australia.

The interview runs for 45 minutes to one hour and is informed by the Logbook and Statement of Experience submitted by the candidate in Stage 1. APE Part 3 Assessors will be provided with a copy of the candidates’ NEP Results Report

Candidates are examined on their range of work and experience and are expected to be familiar with topical professional issues. The Interview also considers candidates’ responses to practice situations that may be outside their personal experience. The Interview may test knowledge and experience in both actual and hypothetical situations.  Candidates may be examined across a variety of procurement issues and should be able to demonstrate competence in contracts that may be administered by an architect.

Candidates are not permitted to take any equipment, notes, reference materials, phones, recording or other devices into the Examination.

Success in Part 3 of the Architectural Practice Examination allows the candidate to apply for registration in any state or territory in Australia.

See the Guide for Candidates for detailed guidance on the Interview.

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