Only an Architect can get more than 7/10 right

Becoming a licensed architect is hard work. The current requirements involve obtaining a professional degree at an accredited university, logging almost four thousand internship hours, and passing seven tests covering the broad practice of architecture. The seven tests include 555 questions, 11 drawing based problems, and takes over 33 hours, not including study time. Like I said- it’s hard work! So, are up to a challenge? Here are 10 sample questions that you might see in any one of the 7 tests, grab a pen and a post-it and see how many you can get right.

1. Which of the following project delivery methods always requires preparation of several individual bid-document packages?

a.     Design-bid-build

b.     Fast track

c.      Design-build

d.     Turnkey

2. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines, curb ramp slopes shall NOT exceed which of the following ratios?

a.     1:10

b.     1:12

c.     1:20

d.     1:24

3. The threshold for sound levels that cause fatigue after prolonged exposure is approximately –

a.     20 db

b.     50 db

c.     80 db

d.     110 db

4. Building failure can often be traced to unstable subsoil conditions. Which of the following subsurface conditions is likely to cause differential settlement of building foundations?

a.     Large beds of clay contained in gravel

b.     Small boulders dispersed in gravel

c.     Stratified rock

d.     A deep layer of dry sand and gravel

5. Which of the following basic structural systems would be appropriate for a high-tech building with equipment and functions that are extremely sensitive to vibrations?

a.     Poured-in-place concrete beam-and-slab system

b.     Heavy steel frame with composite floor slab with rubber insulators

c.     Heavy (12) gauge metal studs with a long-span steel joist with a 5-inch-thick concrete slab

d.     Masonry bearing walls with wood joists and wood deck with a 4-inch-thick gypsum concrete topping slab

6. In the detail below from an air-conditioned building located in a hot, humid climate, where should the vapor barrier be located?


a.     At A

b.     At B

c.     At C

d.     At D

7. Which of the following professionals has primary legal responsibility for the performance of a building in an earthquake?

a.      Building code official

b.     Structural engineer

c.      Architect

d.      Geotechnical consultant

8. Which of the following HVAC systems would have the highest operating cost for a large office building?

a.     Single-zone, constant volume

b.     Variable air volume

c.      Double-duct, constant volume

d.      Constant volume reheat

9. A primary cause of failure of concrete masonry walls during hurricanes is …

a.     poorly filled mortar joints

b.     improper base and sill flashing

c.     an inadequate number of wall anchors

d.     a lack of vertical reinforcement

10. The most frequently used footing type at the exterior wall for load-bearing wall support systems is…

a.     mat footings

b.     pile footings

c.     continuous wall footings

d.     isolated pad footings


 1.     b

  2.     b

  3.     c

  4.     a

  5.     a

  6.     d

  7.     c

  8.     d

  9.     d

10.    c

So how did you do?

Let me know in the comments section. If you want to continue testing your architectural knowledge check out All of the questions above and many many more are provided in a series of prep materials provided by the NCARB.


Amy Jarvis, Designer

Amy Jarvis, Designer