CASE STUDIES: " all items within a case study should be looked at independently"

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    Scott Barber

    I'll be honest, when I saw your post I thought it was sharing a little too much information, but I'm glad Nick was able to clarify and answer your question.

    In general, I try to be as vague as possible when discussing the exam, and if I start a sentence with "On my exam I saw/came across..." or anything similar to that, it's usually a sentence I shouldn't (and don't) finish. The nondisclosure agreements we sign are serious, which we saw a few months ago with a number of candidates who were punished for revealing information they saw on the exams. But I'm glad there are a number of NCARB people on this forum to keep things in check - it's a great place to help each other and have questions answered but we all need to be careful about what we say. 

    Congrats on passing, good luck moving forward!

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    Rodolfo Martin

    Thank you Scott. I really think that looking at the case study questions independently is a point that has to be spread out. In my mind, if it is a case, the questions are supposed to be connected and working together, The mistake of thinking that what it was said in a question was valid in another one in the same case, could confuse others. I will be more careful next time I post. I know a lot of candidates who permanently check the posts of the community and there are always good recommendations. We appreciate what you and other NCARB exam administrators do to clarify.

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    Scott Barber

    I certainly understand your dilemma about those two questions, so I'm glad you were able to get an answer from Nick and share it with everyone else. I viewed the case study content as being connected, but looked at each question on its own. In 'real life' they would all be related and one would lead to the other, but since we're given a certain set of documentation to answer questions I relied on those rather than other questions to guide my answer. But I'm sure it's a point of confusion and remember having the same thought myself, so this post will hopefully help others as they prepare! 

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