Improvements to the Architectural Practice Examination in 2018

Improvements to the Architectural Practice Examination in 2018

Candidates sitting the Architectural Practice Examination in 2018 will benefit from improvements introduced as a result of a review conducted by the AACA in 2017.

The Architectural Practice Examination is the nationally consistent competency based assessment used by the architect registration boards around Australia to determine eligibility for registration as an architect.

AACA commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), one of the world’s leading education research centres, to conduct the review focussing on Part 2 of the Architectural Practice Examination, the National Examination Paper. 

“We want to ensure that the National Examination Paper is in line with best practice assessment of professional knowledge in other professions”, says Kate Doyle, CEO of the AACA.  “The architect registration boards drove the review – conscious of the need to assure themselves, the profession and the general public that the primary assessment prior to registration as an architect meets best practice”. 

The changes to the National Examination Paper focus on improving both the method of assessment and the exam process.  The content tested in the exam remains the same, benchmarked against the National Standard of Competency for Architects, as does the scenario basis of the exam. The exam moves from a paper based format to computer based testing.


“The formatting of questions to allow each answer to attract marks, removal of penalties for incorrect answers, and introduction of feedback showing each candidate how they performed both in relation to the exam cohort as a whole and to each question means improved consistency and transparency”, said Kate Doyle. “Candidates can find out more about the Architectural Practice Exam from our website, or contact their local architect registration board to find out about 2018 submission dates and briefings conducted at the local level.”


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