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    Nick NCARB (Edited )

    Hey Christopher,

    Good questions! You can't disclose ARE questions or case studies to anyone (even if they're not an ARE candidate testing). The ARE Candidate Agreement, which all candidates accept prior to testing, includes the following - 

    • I AGREE that I will not disclose to anyone by any means – electronic, written, graphic or verbal – the substance or details of any ARE content, including but not limited to exhibits, resources, graphics and/or alleged answers.

    The safest approach is to only discuss general concepts from the exam, not specifics on items or cases. We recommend following the three word rule - if you're sharing three or more words from any question or the possible answers presented, you're most likely disclosing ARE content.

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    Christopher Sullivan

    Hi Nick, I appreciate your time. I am fairly positive I cannot quote the test verbatim. Would it be acceptable to ask something along the lines of "where can I learn more about 'X'?", where x would be something as specific as "parts of a'Z' assembly" from a question?

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Christopher,

    Sure! That is totally acceptable. As an example, check out Sample Item 3 from the PDD section of the ARE 5.0 Handbook. It would be 100% acceptable to ask for more information about how weep vents are integrated into different wall assemblies. You wouldn't want to verbally describe or draw the wall section in the question and ask where the weep vent would be located. 

    Hopefully this helps!

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    Christopher Sullivan

    Nick, in your example, referring to weep vents would be acceptable, say, but discussing the sketch included in the question would not? Assume that I get the answer correct, but I am confused about something I see in the choices or in the way the question is phrased. Discussing that part of the question seems like it would be considered a breach of policy, given the information you have provided. Is that correct?

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Chris,

    Correct. Discussing the actual details of the sketch associated with the weeps would be considered disclosing content.

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