In a recent thread the discussion was about NCARB developing a One Stop Shop where a candidate could go to get all the study materials needed to successfully study for and pass the entire ARE 5.0.
There were many thoughts on the subject. One response said that NCARB was not in the education business but in the evaluation business. I'm not sure I would agree.
With NCARB recently developing the Test Prep Provider Program it, NCARB, seems to be trying something that doesn't seem necessary. why try and reinvent the wheel when the wheel has already been invented?
In the NCARB ARE prep, NCARB has developed Video content and a Demonstration Test along with a set of content pieces for each division of the test.
"NCARB's goal is not to educate, but to evaluate".
If that were true, what is the IDP program I went thru for 5,606 hours, or the new and improved AXP program? Aren't these programs educational?
With the new Test Prep Provider Program NCARB is "Approving" study materials from 3rd party providers. Why? Why not expand on the Video series and the Demonstration Test?
"it does a good job of presenting us with the types/formats of the questions we’ll encounter, it lacks in its coverage of the actual content material."
"Case in point: look at what you did for the 4.0 tests. I took four 4.0 tests, and one thing I thought was extremely helpful was that NCARB provided a practice multiple choice exam for each section, each with 25-30 questions. That amount of questions really helped me get a better grasp on the content that would be covered, and more importantly helped me focus my study efforts better. As a result, I passed those tests. I would further offer that I don’t think that those 25-30 questions made the tests “too easy” as a result of having provided so many. In fact, I knew in taking that practice exam that I should NOT walk into the testing center thinking that I was going to get something just like that exam. The actual questions I encountered were more difficult, and the test was still challenging. But – I felt way better prepared."
These two comments are Exactly what I was thinking when I created the One Stop Shop thread.
Why not provide more questions that are already in existence? Why not provide a set of study materials that will actually help more people pass the test rather than going to outside 3rd party groups? Those companies are most definitely providing a source of education. Why not provide that information in a hand to hand format, keeping everything under one roof?
"Look at what people are doing: everyone is reading 6-7 long books to try and prepare for these tests. No one can retain that much information. Who can read the entirety of Graphic Standards and say to themselves “I now know that I can detail any situation?” The resources you’ve cited are excellent and very, very helpful, but it would be helpful if we could know how to better utilize them rather than reading them in full cover-to-cover."
I'm thinking that NCARB IS in the Evaluation business but it is also very much in the Education Business.
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