Whiteboard review

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    NCARB

    Emeline,

    Please report your issues directly to NCARB Customer Service and they can assist you further. 

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    Steven Martin

    I took the PcM exam today with the whiteboard format.  While I didn't have quite the same issue as you (I don't think I ever resized the whiteboard), I did not like the whiteboard whatsoever.  It takes up too much of the limited screen room that you have already.  It's nearly impossible to keep the question and reference documents in view at the same time already without the calculator and whiteboard both in the way at times.  I too had to close out of them, look at the references or questions and then open them back up to do calculations.  I resorted to just trying to remember most of the numbers and just using the calculator, abandoning the whiteboard by midway through the exam.  I get why it is this way for the remote proctoring exam, but why change it at the in person exam when pen and paper will do?

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    Michael Riscica

    Steven, 

    Please fill out the independent survey regarding your experience with the updated exam. We've been asking ARE Candidates to fill it out for each exam that they take.

    https://youngarchitect.com/NCARBsurvey

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    Devin Phillips

    I used the whiteboard during my PDD exam, and I think that it's terrible.  I can't understand how an exam for architects has removed the use of paper and pencil.  It makes for a more frustrating exam experience, it's more time consuming and clunky.  NCARB just needs to go back to pencil and paper.

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    James Martzahl

    Devin, 

    I couldn't agree more. the majority of test takers at this point are experiencing issues with the whiteboard and the answer is simple: a physical whiteboard or scratch paper. 

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    Emeline Gabbour (Edited )

    Thanks everyone for the valuable feedback. I took so many exams and every time I'm asked by prometrics staff to shred the scratch paper before taking a step further away from exam room. I never heard the exam content was ever compromised because of scratch paper, I only hear negative reviews from real test takers on the WB. I hope NCARB will do just like any other service provider and listen to their customers review. We study real hard for these exams, certainly NO CANDIDATE would want the exam content to be compromised, they only want a FAIR and reasonable exam experience. 

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    Michael Riscica

    Emeline, 

    You should also speak with your State Board and AIA Chapter regarding these issues. 

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    Cherng-Wen Niou

    I took PcM on Monday, Dec 28, 2020 at a Prometric testing center. No major issues with software crashes or resources not loading fortunately. Using the digital whiteboard and calculator was a laborious task and a terrible experience to put it nicely.  I wasted time having to recalculate results because either I didn’t click the right area on the whiteboard or forgot to and would type the calculated results away on the calculator. It was difficult to edit typed notes on the whiteboard because the flashy progress line cursor would disappear when you try to go anywhere else after the initial typing. Clicking into the text box to add more info would often require two or three attempts to actually get in the text box to edit. Sometimes the text box would create a new line break and attempting to edit the text box size would also stretch the text, so you're SOL trying to reorganize your typed notes.  Sometimes it would be a little laggy, but nothing too consequential or anything. Though the few times it did lag a little I braced for the exam crashing.

    Overall it feels like it was hastily put together and forced upon the us test takers for the sake of forcing things upon us without our consent.  It added unnecessary stress and frustration during the exam.  It added increased amounts of exasperated sighs and curse words muttered under my breath.  And it also added the extra distraction of trying to remember all the terrible things about the digital whiteboard experience so that I can document it here.

    NCARB's ARE Digital Whiteboard: 0/10 stars.  Would not recommend.

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