Progamming and Analysis ARE 5.0 The New Test - Released December 14

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    James Martzahl

    Jared,

    Thanks for giving your honest take on the exam situation. I also took PA just before the changes to the exam were made and had my exam completely crash. I had the same exact feeling as you that I didn't pass, mostly because I was so flustered and frustrated from the software... but on the bright side somehow I passed and I hope the same happens for you. All the best luck with your exam results!!!!  Also make sure you report your exam issues to NCARB. 

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    Patricia Bourgeois

    Great post.

    I take PA Jan. 11, this will be useful information. 

    Please let us know how you did.  I'm hoping you passed!  Good luck!

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    Michael Riscica

    Yes, we've been complaining about similar software issues for 4 years now. NCARB seems to be doing more to deny there is a problem and little to correct the actual issues. 

    Why is it so difficult for NCARB to develop a ARE Testing Software that works with the Prometric's test taking equipment? We're just trying to take a test. Its not that complicated. 

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    Jared Hopkins (Edited )

    Hello Everyone,

    Thank you. Honest thanks.  I have reached out to NCARB.  I have no idea what the next steps will be but I will keep you posted.

    On another note, a side effect from this new exam format, wrist pain.  When I completed my exam, my wrist was extremely achy. Because, yeah you do not get to write things down. Which got me thinking about people with wrist issues...this could be a real problem.  If you consider the fact, that everyone in our profession, has some degree of wrist issues, due to how we work.  This test becomes less accessible.  Seems like that would be a problem for an industry that lives and breathes accessibility.

    Again, thank you for the support. After a good nights sleep and your kind words,  the sting from yesterday feels a bit lessened.

    Stay Awesome.

    -Jared

     

     

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    Robin Kuc

    Jared, you are certainly not alone.  I have pointed out the wrist pain issue to NCARB several times and in several different ways.  I have hand/wrist arthritis and have requested special accommodation from NCARB -- no reply from them as yet.

    This whole thing smells like discrimination to me.  Older hands/wrists are less able to handle the rapid repetitive contortions required for "writing/drawing" with a mouse (even without physiological issues) and I will also go so far as to say that smaller, less muscular wrists (like many women have) may also be less able to handle this unnaturally rapid repetitive physical movement in a manner that provides optimum efficiency for a timed exam.

    My suggestion to all is for everyone to request the special accommodation of using scratch paper!  Make your case and don't back down.  If we all do it, NCARB will be forced to listen.

     

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    Jared Hopkins (Edited )

    Hello Robin,

    That actually is a great suggestion.  I have two, possibly three more exams to take, (Depends  if I bombed PA). PPD and PDD.  I have now delayed those test each an additional two months. I am hoping some of this will be settled by then.  I do not look forward to taking those exams under these circumstances, not that I was looking forward to taking the exams in the first place.  Still knowing what I know, it will be exceptionally more difficult.  I would rather an exam be more difficult due to content versus  BAD UI.  Isnt the point of a test to examine our knowledge, not how to navigate an application?

    Cheers,

    -Jared

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    James Martzahl

    Jared, I am in the same boat. I'm pushing back PPD and PDD in hopes that this all settles and somehow either NCARB comes to their senses on the issue or is forced to by other means. The tests are hard enough, why the heck do I need to learn how to use a glitchy digital whiteboard when the program is already overburdened as is? In this field, we are trained well in problem solving... and I know for a fact that If any one of us came up with the idea of making a digital program just to temporarily write stuff down on instead of using a simple physical whiteboard we would have been ripped to shreds in critique. The problem is simple and the solution is even more simple... so why the heck is NCARB making this so hard for us? Where is the rational? 

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    Tony Young

    I had a similar experience as you when taking the new format. I found myself not wanting to even use the whiteboard during the test. The white board is not the answer.

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    Cassandra Cook (Edited )

    This is why I cancelled my exam at the end of December...this is a crap show!!!

    I've heard some people talk about cancelling their exams in January in protest of the whiteboard...so that's what I've done.  I don't want to keep throwing $235 at NCARB in hopes that I will somehow have the right combination of questions and a miracle occurs and I pass.

     

    http://youngarchitect.com/NCARBsurvey

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