New & Continuing Benefits to Being an Early Tester in ARE 5.0

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    Joan NCARB (Edited )

    Caroline,

    The exams have not been scored, as the cut score process continues.  The seat credit has been given due to the 1/30/17 test center issue.  You can use the credit to schedule either of the two divisions for which you are awaiting a score, in the event you fail.  

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    Heather Taylor

    This is epic!  I already found and scheduled a seat for PPD on the 30th! I see that the incentive is guaranteed through Feb. but to be clear: if you are one of the first 600 on say, CE but test in March, are you eligible for the seat credit if you fail?  

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    Carlos Nunez

    Beautiful! I found and scheduled one for PPD on the 30th as well.  Pretty nervous that I am on a middle of a deadline and it's so soon, but "let's do this". 

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    Jared NCARB

    Heather, you are correct that an early tester on a division will qualify for both the gift card and free test incentives. If we are still doing early testing on C&E in March and you test on C&E during that month - you will get the $100 gift card and receive a free test if it turns out you don't pass C&E.

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    Michael Day

    To be clear. This can be done with each of the Divisions of the ARE, correct?

     

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    Jared NCARB

    Correct - the incentives are available for each division of ARE 5.0.  If you are an early tester on all six ARE 5.0 divisions, you will get six $100 gift cards, AND if you fail any of those early tested divisions, you'll get a free test for each failed division.

    The PP&D division is close to getting the cut score set so the incentives are only available to PP&D candidates that test on or before January 31, 2017. For the remaining five other ARE 5.0 divisions, the incentives are guaranteed until at least February 28, 2017 but will continue for each division until each division has enough testers to set its cut score.

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    Jeffrey Giuggio

    Jared I have a quick question.  If we rush to do the exams to take advantage of the incentive do we still need to wait 6 months before we can retake the exam??

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    Heather Taylor

    "Effective October 1, 2014, candidates can retake a failed division of the ARE as soon as 60 days after the previous attempt of that division. A candidate may only take the same division of the ARE three (3) times within a running year."

    http://www.ncarb.org/ARE/Taking-the-ARE/Receiving-Your-Score.aspx 

    The rush to test with this promotion makes the 3x limit in a year is more of an issue than the wait time to retake.

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    Darci Lorensen

    This is fantastic, thank you NCARB!  I have PPD scheduled 1/30, and PDD scheduled 2/23. I was planning on waiting until March to take the exams to give myself more time to prepare, but have decided with the incentives to step it up! Hopefully I am successful in at least one division, and can become licensed this spring! 

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    Jared NCARB

    As far as when you can retest, Heather is correct that the wait time is only 60 days from the date of the failed division but no more than three times within any 12-month period. This same policy will apply to early testers.

    As an example, let's say you tested on PP&D back on December 1st. Unfortunately, say you find out that you failed that administration when those score reports come out in mid-February. Since the 60 days will have already passed since the date of your original exam, you could immediately schedule and sit for a retest on PP&D if you wanted to. Best part, you can use the free test incentive for being an early tester to retest at no cost.

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    Ryan NCARB

    To answer a few questions that came up on another thread...

    First, being an "early tester" means you have taken an exam by February 28th, not just scheduled one.  Second, the seat credit will be valid for one year from the time it is applied to your NCARB Record.  We expect that to be on or near when Score Reports are released.  And finally, individual seat credits are award for each exam that is failed.  Let's say you take four ARE 5.0 divisions as an early tester and fail two of them -- you would receive two seat credits.

    Hope this clears a few things up!

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    Chelsea Edgerton

    Hi Jared,

    So just to be clear: no matter what, I take PDD before Feb. 28 and I'm an early tester. If I take PDD in March and am still in the first 600, I'm also considered an early tester. If I take PDD in March and 600 is already reached, then I'm not an early tester. So scheduling in March is a gamble? If I failed PPD (hopefully not!) and get a seat credit - can that be applied to a seat I already bought for PDD? Thank you!

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    Jared NCARB

    Chelsea, let's start by saying that hopefully you pass the PPD division you've already taken - you'll find out in mid-February when those score are released.

    If you take PDD in February you are guaranteed the early tester incentives (regardless of how many people have taken the division). NCARB has moved away from the concept of giving the incentive to a fixed number of "the first 600" as we heard the anxiety from candidates about trying to schedule without having a clear understanding of whether or not they would get the incentives. What we are now doing is guaranteeing incentives for a division for an entire month in an effort to make it easier for you to plan regardless of how many other candidates might test a couple days before you.

    Scheduling PDD in March would be a gamble in getting the incentives. With the new "free test if you fail as an early tester" incentive we do anticipate volumes picking up and we fully expect PDD will be our next division to head into cut score.

    If you do already have PDD paid and scheduled and find out you unfortunately failed PPD, you won't be able to apply the free test to the already paid for division. But, you'll certainly be able to use the free test to retake your PPD exam sometime within the next year.

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    Darguin Fortuna

    This is amazing guys, 

    It cannot get any better than that. You guys are awesome.

     

     

    (I lie maybe a live screen showing scores as they are received like a stock market type of graphic would be awesome showing divisions being taken and scores in some live system, that would be the next level, just a thought)

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    Ryan NCARB

    It can't get ANY better??  Not even free puppies?  Everyone loves puppies!

    Just kidding...we looked into puppies and it isn't that feasible.  Glad the free seat credit is going to be helpful.

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    Darguin Fortuna

    Why so generous guys? I know you might have had this question before but yeah why? Are numbers looking so good many people might have already be in the passing?  I have the feeling I wont need the free seats for these last four I took.

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    Jared NCARB

    Darguin, I hope you don't need to use the free test incentive. I'm sure every candidate wants to pass on their first attempt (I certainly did when I tested). As far as why the additional generosity, it isn't in response to how candidates are doing on the test. It is a response to several potential candidates staying away from the new exam out of a sense of the unknown. It's great you jumped right in and took several divisions. But, to help some others overcome a level of concern about experiencing the unknown, we decided to offer the additional incentive. The good news for you is that this new benefit applies to you if you do happen to need it. Also, if it prompts some others to test sooner rather than later, it will help speed the process of setting the cut score for some of our lower volume divisions.

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    Ian Baldwin

    In light of today's epic system failure, which terminated the exams of dozens of candidates as they took them, and NCARB's complete lack of apology/update to those testers, I'd say NCARB could add a steak dinner and a free car wash and will still be begging for candidates.

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    Mengxuan Zhang

    What can the Visa gift card be used for? Can I use it the same way as I use my credit card?

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    Ryan NCARB

    Well, Mengxuan...I'm not exactly sure how you use your credit card, but presumably yes.  The gift card is able to be used on anything and anywhere Visa is normally accepted, in person or online.  You know what they say, "Visa: Everywhere you want to be."

    Hope this helps.

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    Michael Rybin

    The promotion sounds great except all your exam seats are taken.  So, no one else can receive any of these benefits because your system requires payment before open exam seats can be confirmed. 

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    Jared NCARB

    Michael, if you'd like to see if seats are available in a Prometric test center before paying to schedule, check out this post

    Please be aware that there is no guarantee that a seat that is available when you preview it using the above method will be available when attempt to actually schedule your appointment as someone else may have already scheduled for that time slot.

    As for all the seats being taken, NCARB does not have a set number of seats reserved in any Prometric test center. All exam appointments are made on a first-come-first-served basis across all Prometric test centers.

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    Daniel Wachtveitl

    Be aware when scheduling, as mentioned by Jared. I went to the Prometric website to preview available seats for specific tests (the tests have varying duration so you may not be able to take PDD the same day you would Practice Management because it is a longer test.) I saw which days would work so I immediately went through my NCARB record to schedule the tests and upon entering the Prometric portal, some of the dates were not available....... Just be ready to travel in order to take the exams as test centers are filling up.

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    Joanne Burch

    So I just want to be clear on the incentive.  It is a bit confusing and several people are reading it differently.  If I schedule all my exams by the end of Feb. I'm guaranteed the free seat voucher and gift card incentives even if there ends up being 1000 people who do the same, correct? 

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    Ryan NCARB

    Joanne,

    You can't just schedule them - you must actually take them - but, yep, even if there are 1000 people that do the same (which would be awesome!).  The only division where the incentives no longer apply is PPD.  Also, free seat vouchers are if you fail a division.  If you pass, you don't have much need for it.

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    Joanne Burch

    Ryan,

    Great! I've just completed scheduling my exams all before of the eligible 5 before Feb. 28... Now let's hope I pass! Thanks for the incentives though because it takes the pressure of passing off of my shoulders since I'll get the voucher which is good for a year, correct? I'll also get 5 $100 gift cards since I sat for all 5 before Feb. 28th, correct?   Time to study!

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    Jared NCARB

    Joanne, All five of your exams will qualify for the free test if you fail and, yes, you will be receiving five $100 gift cards from NCARB.

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    Aileen Munoz

    Ryan or Jared,

    It was originally stated that "If you fail an ARE 5.0 division as an early tester, you’ll receive a free seat credit. This credit can be used on any 5.0 division..." but I just received an email that says "every division except Project Planning & Design."  Why is that?  Did I miss something?  Why is PPD not available to retake?  It's now saying "These incentives are guaranteed for the five ARE 5.0 divisions"...why not all six (6) divisions? 

     

     

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    Darci Lorensen

    Aileen-

    It's because PPD has had enough administration to begin the cut score process, and scores are expected to start being released in a week or so.  They did offer the early tester incentives until January 31, but since they have the 600+ tests now, they are no longer giving the incentive.

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    Aileen Munoz

    Hi Darci -

    Okay, I think I understand...but I took PPD on January 9th...so does that mean I still don't qualify for a free seat credit/retake?

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