Judging by my "Your Performance" it feels like I should have passed the exam. I know the asterisk states "*Pass or fail decision for this division are based on the total score", but judging by the chart, the average of my total score would have been in Level 2 which is "minimum performance necessary to demonstrate competency." my section breakdown was as follows:
Content Area 1: Business Operations (20-26%) Level 3 (does not meet the minimum performance)
Content Area 2: Finances, Risk, & Development of Practice (29-35%) Level 2 (meets the minimum performance)
Content Area 3: Wide Delivery of Services (22-28%) Level 2 (meets the minimum performance)
Content Area 4: Practice Methodologies (17-23%) Level 2 (meets the minimum performance)
How does getting a Level 2 in 3/4 sections, 2 of which are the highest weighted, not translate to a passing grade. A more specific percentage would definitely help me understand how this test is graded.
I also feel like a lot of the questions needed to be reviewed for relevancy to the profession on this exam. I had questions that were not mentioned in ANY of the study material that NCARB suggested for this section and when I asked registered architects and other colleagues if they had ever heard of this "index" they all indicated that they hadn't. That's when I discovered after more research that a specific evidence based design firm had copyrighted the "index" and it was mentioned in an article in some magazine that I would have been insane to have studied. This exam is about the general managing of an architectural practice, not the managing of a specific architectural practice.
Sorry that got a little bit off topic there, but this is incredibly frustrating since my state doesn't have any recourse to dispute the exam questions. The lack of transparency regarding how these exams translate to pass fail and how much these exams cost is downright predatory.
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