3 Times a year limit on retakes

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hey, Kendra -- congrats on passing 5 exams.  With that success rate, I wouldn't get discouraged -- there are many candidates crazy envious of that circumstance!

    But I do understand your frustration.  I passed all six in a fairly short time, but I'm always quick to note that I could have easily dropped the ball on any one of them (or more).  And, I'm not sure that there is any consensus on this, but I thought PDD was particularly sucky.  I had made a halfway enjoyable game of passing the first five, but PDD made me sweat bullets -- possibly the realization that, like you, it was my last exam.

    But to your question -- I think you've already answered it.  I think the only reason for 3 retakes / year is similar to the reason other similar types of exams are also limited regarding the number of retakes in a given time period.  On one end of the spectrum would be unlimited retakes with no waiting time between...  in that circumstance, as you've more or less already noted, a candidate could essentially begin to memorize all of NCARB's versions for each exam.  So the test would be more about memorization than knowledge.

    Three attempts in a year is just where NCARB chooses to draw the line in that spectrum, and I'm guessing that they feel that this is an adequate timeframe to deter to memorization given the number of available exam versions.   Frustrating to have to wait, yes, but you will get through it, and then you'll never think about it again.

    Stay motivated.

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    Michelle NCARB

    Kendra -

    Confirming Kurt's suspicion here: the 3 retakes/running year policy is based on exam security and the number of versions (forms) created for each ARE division.  That policy, along with the 60-day wait policy, was made with input from our test development consultants and aligns with typical standards for licensure testing.

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    Kendra Shirley

    Thanks Kurt! I appreciate the support and encouragement. Hopefully the next retake is a pass and I can finally relax!

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    Abdulgader Naseer

    Kendra,

    Can you please clarify the time at which you become eligible for the 4th attempt at the same exam, whether it is 12 months from the date of the first fail or from the date of the third fail?

    Thanks.

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    Kendra Shirley

    Abdulgader,

    It is 12 months from the date of the third fail (most recent/last attempt) on that test.

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Abdulgader,

    Just to clarify, you can retake the exam 12 months after your first fail. The 12 month window moves and you can have a max of three fails within that window. 

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    Abdulgader Naseer

    Thank you for the prompt responses. To confirm my understanding: if the first three attempts for the same exam were on the following dates:
    - January 1st, 2019
    - April 1st, 2019
    - July 1st, 2019
    Does a candidate become eligible for the fourth attempt starting Jan 1, 2020 or July 1, 2020?

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    Nick NCARB (Edited )

    Abdulgader,

    January 1st but understand that if the candidate was to fail that exam they would have to wait until April 1st (more than the 60 days) to retest. 

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