I'm participating in the SF A.R.E. Pact program, the goal being to finish all 7 A.R.E.'s (Architectural Registration Exams, for those of you who don't know), in a year. They are 7 tests we need to take post graduation to get licensed. Each test is roughly 4-5 hours long, and typically it takes much longer than one year for people to pass them all, so it sounds rigorous, but I just want to get them over with! The program requires a $1,000 fee, but we get it back if we take all 7 tests in a year. That's motivation enough for me to take them all this year.
I am about 200 hours away from completing my intern hours (5,600 hours total), which is another requirement before you can get licensed. These typically take 3 years for people to get, which is about what it took me. Point is, as long as I pass all these tests this year, I could be licensed by next year. My partner is finishing his M.Arch at CCA this semester, and his counselors were telling him that something like 3% of architecture students end up actually getting licensed, and that it typically takes ~9 years to finish the tests and hours after graduating, so I am feeling good about where I am in the process.
I took the Schematic Design test last Saturday, and already received my letter saying I've passed! YAYYYYY for me! Pretty satisfying feeling to get that letter. I take Site Planning & Design April 19th, so no break for me in the study schedule, on to the next!