PjM Cut Score Update from NCARB

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Daniel,

    I appreciate your feedback on this.  Trust me when I say that we are doing everything we can to get the score reports out for all the divisions as quickly as possible.  As you noted, a lot of the "6 months since launch" is a result of the low testing volumes in PjM and CE.  We will keep everyone updated on any changes, but the beginning of May is a realistic time frame.  A lot of things have to happen in that 6 weeks in order to release score reports (including the release of PDD, PcM, and PA score reports).  We also would prefer to be conservative in our expected release date so that we don't leaving you waiting should something come up.  This is admittedly what happened with the release of the PPD score reports when we originally said mid-February and it end up being the end of February.

    Please be patient with us know that we are working hard to get them released for you.  Trust me - our lives also gets a lot easier once these are all out!  Haha.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Daniel -- I'm impressed that you took your first 5.0 exam on 12/1 -- right there on the front line position, while guys like me watched from a point of relative safety...I took my first exam, C&E just last week, with PjM scheduled for April 7.

    So, while none of this affects me all that much -- I'll wait "only" two months for the C&E results, which I will survive, I completely understand your frustration.  The timeframe is completely bananas.  But, as you and Ryan both mentioned, you are definitely a  casualty of the unexpectedly low volumes of early testers -- I'm sure neither you nor Ncarb were expecting resultant delays anywhere near this long.  

    That said, I'm hoping that you and others in your predicament will somehow stay positive and remain on the 5.0 Community -- your input as one of the few experienced testers is invaluable.     

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    Erica Spayd (Edited )

    Daniel, look at it this way - if NCARB had hit the original dates, they wouldn't have upped the incentives, and based on the info you provided, you will have spent $1060 for a single crack at each division (factoring in gift cards for only your first two divisions). Because it has taken a lot longer than expected, you will instead spend $440 for two cracks at those first four divisions, and than another $420 on the remaining two divisions, the latter for which you will receive your scores within a week. At a minimum, the extra wait time has saved you $200, and that more than doubles if you need to retake one division, more than triples if you need to retake two, and so on. I know the waiting stinks, but try to take comfort in the silver lining brought about by the increased incentives from which you benefited :)

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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    Erica, I like your positivism.

    The trouble for Daniel's situation, and for others in a similar predicament is that that silver lining gets barely perceptible after such an extended wait time.  Big picture, Daniel is looking at a meaningless incentive -- 200 bucks spread across a wait time of nearly six months -- a half of a year.

    Put another way:  sometimes a bummer is actually a bummer.

    And, again, I'm not bashing Ncarb -- this is not their ideal situation, either.

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    Ryan NCARB

    Haha...I really like Erica's thinking on this too!  We're trying to lessen the bummer as much as possible. :)

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    Erica Spayd

     

    Ha, don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly enjoying the wait - I've taken the same divisions as Daniel. (Well, kind of. I was part of the 1/30 outage and have scheduled my retake of PA for early May, but the other three I have actually taken, and I get the early tester incentive for all four). And I know a $200 swing isn't a huge deal. BUT, I think the impact of the incentive will be felt once the results are in - if I fail and am able to retake for free instead of shelling out another $210 a pop, I think I'll feel like it's been worth the wait. And if I pass all my divisions on the first try, I'll be too excited to care! 

    I get that it's not ideal for anyone involved, but I also can't really bring myself to get upset about it. I feel like NCARB has been fair in their approach, and I'm actually enjoying be part of the process. Is it a lesson in patience? At times, yes. But that's not a bad lesson to learn, in the profession or in life in general.

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    Daniel Ostfeld

    Ryan,

    Any new updates for the dates that the scores will be released for PjM and CE

    Thanks,

     

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Daniel...we have some updates coming on PjM and CE next week.  They won't be released next week, but we will have the final date for their release.

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    Daniel Ostfeld (Edited )

    Thanks Ryan,

    that is great news!!!

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