Understanding ARE Eligibilities

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    Stephanie Waples

    Ryan and other NCARB folks,

    I have been waiting for the past three days for a response from NCARB regarding my eligibility. I had my university send my transcript to NCARB back on January 10th. Theoretically, you should have received it by now. My NCARB record is still not showing any verification of my education, so I can't receive my eligibility to test yet. I've been trying to get confirmation from NCARB that the transcript was received, in case the university needs to send it again. They told me to allow 15 business days, and I was hoping to take advantage of the early testing incentives that are guaranteed through the end of February. If I get delayed much longer, I don't think I will be able to do that due to test centers filling up. 

    Any chance someone can look into this and at least tell me that the process is underway?

    Thanks,

    Stephanie

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    Joan NCARB

    Hi Stephanie,

    I checked with Customer Service.  They just received your transcript and have a turnaround time for processing of 5 business days.  You can always reach out to them directly at 202-879-0520 or at customerservice@ncarb.org.  

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    Stephanie Waples

    Thanks for checking that out for me, Joan!

    I just wanted to make sure it at least made it to you guys... I'd much rather wait 5 days than an additional 15 for a second one to make it there. 

     

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    Kathryn Williams (Edited )

    Hello! I have just been informed that I need to bring an "Authorization to Test" Letter with me to my exam. What is that and if I was able to schedule my exam does that mean I'm authorized? Is this something separate?

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    Joan NCARB

    Kathryn,

     

    The Authorization to Test letter has not been a requirement for years.  You've been given very outdated information.  Since you were able to schedule, yes, you are already authorized!  

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    Eduardo Soto (Edited )

    I see the following message in my account:

    "Your testing eligibilities will expire after 10/2/2017. You will be unable to schedule an ARE division after 10/2/2017, and you must establish a new eligibility under the current procedures of your testing jurisdiction"

    Does this mean that I have to schedule and pass ALL my exams before the mentioned date or just that I need to at least schedule one of the exams by that date?

    I recently transitioned from 4.0 to 5.0.

     

    Thank you,

    Eduardo

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    Joan NCARB

    Eduardo,

    You just need to call the VA Board and ask them to reopen your eligibilities to test.  

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    Lin Su

    Hello!

    I sent out the request for eligibility in late August. It's been over a month and I still haven't received any response. I e-mailed Customer Service last week and have not received any response from them either. 

    Does any one know what might cause the processing time to be so long? And could anyone help me look into it? 

    Thank you!

    Lin 

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    Joan NCARB

    Lin,

    The Illinois Board is sent some of their candidates' requests for eligibilities so they can review and approve them.  Their decision to conduct this review is based on the candidate's education.  I asked NCARB Customer Relations to reach out to you today.  You likely have heard from them already. 

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    Lin Su

    Joan,

    Thank you for your swift response! And yes I received their approval already.

    Thanks again!

    Lin

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