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Do architects need to take a test before practicing?



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To be a licensed architect, most states require that you sit for a grueling, time-consuming, multi-part exam that requires a lot of preparation and course work. But that doesn't mean you have to pass that test to earn a living. Many people practice as architects while working for firms owned and operated by licensed architects. Some states now require a college degree in architecture in addition to passing the exam.