First group of intern architects take the new Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) and achieve an 89% overall pass rate

The results of the new national made-in-Canada examination for Interns of Architecture in Canada are in, and the overall pass rate for all sections of the tests is 89.2%.


The ExAC 2008 undertaken across Canada in November 2008 for the first time was very successful for both the English and French versions of the tests. Of the 521 Interns who came from seven different provinces, 399 Interns successfully completed all required sections of the exam.


In development for more than two years, the four part exam focuses on the relevant aspects of the intern’s architectural professional experience after completion of their university degree. The exam components are geared to measuring the competency of the Intern in relation to undertaking the professional responsibilities of an architect. The new exam offers an alternative path for Canadian interns to meet professional licensure requirements which were originally only provided by the American National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).


The next administration of the ExAC is expected to take place during October 2009. Registration for the 2009 ExAC Administration will open in April 2009. For more information on the ExAC, please visit