The Landscape Architect Registration Examination, or LARE, is a challenging and comprehensive assessment for men and women looking to enter this exciting and fast-paced field of construction management. The exam is developed by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards in consultation with a team of expert test administrators. It consists of three multiple-choice and two graphic-response sections.
The LARE test has five sections: project and construction administration (70 multiple-choice items); inventory, analysis, and program development (90 multiple-choice questions); site design (4 vignette questions); design and construction documentation (120 multiple-choice questions); and grading, drainage, and storm-water management (4 graphic vignette questions).
- The section on project and construction administration covers communication (20 percent of the section), standards of practice (23 percent), contract administration (17 percent), construction evaluation (20 percent), and construction practice (20 percent).
- The second section, on inventory, analysis, and program development, covers problem definition (11 percent of the exam), inventory (29 percent), analysis (36 percent), and programming (24 percent).
- The third section of the LARE, devoted to site design, is one of two graphical vignettes. Test takers must assess a given design problem and fashion a solution.
- The fourth section, design and construction documentation, includes questions regarding design principles (16 percent of the section); resource conservation and management (18 percent); graphic communication (8 percent); construction documentation; and the materials and methods of construction (38 percent).
- The final section, on grading, drainage, and storm-water management, is the second graphical vignette. Test takers must develop a grading and drainage plan that takes into account onsite and off-site influences.
Scores for the multiple-choice section of the LARE are based on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no distinction between unanswered questions and questions answered incorrectly so it behooves candidates to guess whenever they are uncertain.
The graphic-response sections are graded by trained scorers. Each response is scored twice and then scored again if there is significant variation between the first two scores.