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    Asra Zaidi

    did you feel questions that came cover the material you studied/? or was it totally something different?

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    Belle Taylor

    Niti, it may have something to do w the computers at the test center. I had one computer completely freeze during ARE 4.0 which caused me to lose precious 15min. Someone I know takes them in a more modern location and never had issues.

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    Danielle Bersch

    Has NCARB acknowledged or spoken to this anywhere? I see this issue coming up time and again, and honestly, it's what I worry about on the test more than not knowing what the content will be. It seems like NCARB is willfully neglecting to address this issue in any of the posts.

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Danielle,

    Yes, we have addressed the comments about lag time in multiple places on this Community, like here, here, and here.  Overall, the exam is functioning as it should, but we are always engaged with our partner vendors to look at ways to improve the testing experience.  I encourage you to stay focused on the content as you prepare for your exam.

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    Bhree Barrett

    I was under the impression that the lagging only occurred on the case studies, and that wasn't the case.  It was horrendous!  I couldn't get a question to come up at one point, and I also lost my connection.  All the while the time continued to count down as the connection was trying to re-engage.  And I couldn't get anyone in the test center's attention!  This new format definitely caused additional stress due to the lagging between questions.  And all I got out of NCARB was that they "had built time into the test" for it.  However, they did say each test center was different.  How is that fair?

     

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    Belle Taylor

    I don’t think it’s fair at all—take my experience when I took 4.0 BDCS. The computer froze on me causing me to lose precious 15minutesndueing the simple roofing vignette. I had a Prometric tech restart several computers but it was a nationwide problem (maybe w their servers?). No matter. I ended up failing bc of this. All they did was offer me to retake it for free the next time. We are not in control here. As unfair as it is, it is what it is.

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