Legibility of Equations

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    Layne Hunton

    I would love to find this out too, I'll be taking this Thursday and thinking I will just need to memorize the important formulas for moment and sheer for the fact that they really are illegible, and one number or letter wrong will make the whole calculation void.

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    David Holst

    Caroline -

    I took the PDD test at the beginning of December and had problems reading the beam diagram equations that were provided. The resolution of the page was pretty bad and the font of the equations was pretty small. I did not work with the Demonstration Exam so I don't know if it is the same problem that you are experiencing.

    Good luck on your test! 

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    barry ballinger

    There are a lot of legibility issues with PDD. It's not just the case studies. I could read the stuff on the beam diagrams, but there were only 2 questions that I needed equations for, but they weren't provided.

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    Joseph Wassell

    The resolution on the demonstration exam is identical.

    NCARB has stated that the reference material in the demonstration exam is the "exact same" as what is available on the test.  I imagine an official response from NCARB would also mention to keep in mind that Prometric test centers use a 23" monitor.

    I also imagine that someone took painstaking efforts at NCARB to strike a balance between image resolution and loading time.

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    Ellen McCormick

    I took the test yesterday and the legibility is the same - the equations are not legible in the reference materials.

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    Caroline Fernandes

    Thanks everyone for your replies.  How insane.  I am going to call NCARB to inquire/complain right now, I think we all need to keep questioning/posting so that they are held accountable for a fair and transparent exam and process -- which is clearly lacking right now.  NCARB, any comments? 

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    James Glenn

    I do hope NCARB will comment on this issue. I am currently logged into the demonstration exam and reviewing the reference material which seems pretty clear on my 27" monitor. Wondering if Prometric has their settings on the monitors different than what the test was designed for and "tested" at.

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    barry ballinger

    Thank you Caroline. I feel NCARB is trying to do the right thing: making the exam reflect actual practice. But when you couple the interface issues with the pressure we're under, it's just not acceptable.

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    Daniel Widlowski

    It does not matter what size monitor you are working on. You can zoom into the pages to get a closer look, except that the content has been rasterized, so it does not get clearer as you zoom in. Consequently, you are left trying to decipher between lowercase L's and uppercase I's, and lowercase w and v's. It's pretty crazy how bad the quality is. 

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    Layne Hunton

    Just posting so everyone can be clear, I didn't want to screenshot the demo exam in case of problems with NCARB not being happy with that.

    So I rewrote a formula and saved it as an equivalent look. If you squint you can almost make it out, but you really have to know them already to confirm.

     

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    barry ballinger

    That's easy. You can't read that? 5wl/384Ei;)

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi all,

    The Beam Diagrams & Formulas and Dimensions & Properties sections of the ARE 5.0 References is the same material used on ARE 4.0.  But we hear your comments about it in the new interface.  We'll look into the resolution issue and see if any improvements can be made.

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