why are the ARE exams timed?

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    Randal Bennett

    You have 2 minutes and 38 seconds to answer this question!

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    Randal Bennett

    A.  Sometimes an architect has to work really fast when he has a deadline.

    B.  Older architects had a time limit when they took the exam, so it's only fair if the young ones do.

    C. Exams have been timed since 1912 but nobody can exactly remember why the exam is timed.

    D. Architects need to inject a little fun and extra challenge into their daily routine.

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    Michael Riscica

    The real answer is: The companies who administer the exams have other clients besides NCARB.

    They need people to finish their exams and leave by a certain time, so other people can use the testing equipment and take exams after they are gone. 

     

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    Matthew Hiser

    There is plenty of time. If you know and understand the content, you should finish with plenty of time at the end. And while day-to-day work in the office isn't timed per se, your bosses still expect you to get things done in a timely manner. Adding a time limit just standardizes that "timely manner" portion so that it is the same and fair for everyone.

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    Randal Bennett

    The Practice Management test is 2 hrs 40 mins. Other exams are 3 hrs 40 mins, so I don't believe it's a private company decision.

    I'm a successful designer with over 25 years experience at top firms only now taking exams.  I am a productive and exceptional employee.  Often I have worked long hours (as have fellow employees) to reach a level of excellence.

    I didn't have enough time for 5 questions on the exam, if fact didn't answer them as well as I wasn't watching the clock at the last minute.

    I passed.  I knew and understood the material.

    I don't believe there is a valid reason to restrict time on the exams.

     

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    Michael Riscica

    Okay.

    Get a doctors note and request additional time accommodation from NCARB. It will complicate your ability to schedule exams, but at least you'll have more time.

     

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