Done with ARE. I did my ppd in person and pdd online. Here are my thoughts for your reference:
- New release of ARE 5.0. This is the same whether or not you take it in-person or online.
- White board: I actually like it. Eraser is super laggy, just create another page instead. If you are still worried, practice with their mock-up exam. You can open that on one screen and your third party questions on another. Get it?
- You can take multiple breaks but the question you viewed earlier will be locked when you are back. Make sure you understand this point!
- Online proctoring or not in COVID times? Please use your best judgement.
- In person: Wearing mask indoors for 5 hours in a room packed with people (definitely not 6 feets apart). But it saves you the nerve on non-exam-related issues. For example: check-in process in test center deals with only you, sleeves and ankles while the online version has to cover every corner of your room including underside of the table.
- Online: Extra effort on non-exam-related side like setting up hardware, your room and check-in process. My 4-hour pdd test turned out to be 8-hour long. But NCARB is improving on it by providing test run. Do use it to test the following hardware folks! https://www.ncarb.org/pass-the-are/online-proctoring/scheduling-test-run
Microphone: Needs to be on full time during the exam. Headphones not allowed. This is easy for laptop but for desktop you need an external microphone?
Webcam: Needs to be on full time during the exam. Needs to be able to autofocus to see each letter on your ID in the check in process
Laptop (closed lid)+ external screen allowed but a lot of proctor doesn't know this. Be prepared to argue with them and wait for approval from their supervisor, otherwise, use a desktop.
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