Take PPD before PDD?

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Michael,

    You can take the ARE 5.0 divisions in any order you choose.  We often talk about PPD followed by PDD because that's the typical progression of an architectural project.  But we're not making a recommendation that candidates should take the divisions in that order.  You might select which division to take first based on what you've been doing in your work experience, especially since the divisions align with AXP.

    Has anyone else decided which division to take first?

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    Michael Mauceri

    thanks for the insight. My bet is come Nov 1, NCARB will see that most active division that candidates will be testing on will be PPD simply because of the credit model that is being followed. I wont be surprised if most of the first 600 candidates are in fact those that have followed the credit model from 4.0.

    Experience is a non-issue for me when it comes to deciding which one of the two I should take first. My thought is if PPD is recommended to be taken before PDD, then there might only be a limited number of testing candidates for PDD. Will the cut score process possibly be extended for PDD if there are not enough candidates out of the first 600 sitting for PDD? How can candidates be tested against an established standard for PDD if there is a very low number of candidates out of the first 600 that test in PDD?

    Thanks

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Michael,

    It sounds like you're thinking we need 600 early testers total for the cut score process.  In fact, NCARB will need candidate data from approximately 600 administrations per division.  This is discussed more in our blog: http://blog.ncarb.org/2016/September/ARE5-Cut-Score.aspx

    We do expect PPD and PDD to be the most popular divisions when ARE 5.0 first launches.  As far as which of those two is more popular - I don't know.  But each division will be analyzed separately during the cut score process, using sufficient data to ensure a valid cut score.

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    Michael Mauceri

    sounds good

     

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