Prometric and response to COVID -19

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    Katie Murphy

    Same in Jackson, Mississippi. I was seated directly in between two people for my exam last week, definitely not six feet apart.

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    Harold Di Vito

    That is terrible, Katie.  I am sorry.

    In my experience, there was no temperature taken to anyone and while I was signing in to enter the testing-room, I asked questions about the ventilation in the room and what type of changes have been made in preparation to the re-opening.  The person I talked to only emphasized the cleanliness of surfaces and pens. The room was completely enclosed, even though there were  windows to the exterior (just like pre-pandemic times).  Prometric expected me to be in a room for almost 4 hours with 10+ other people under these circumstances.  I scanned the room, and judging by the layout of the computers, it didn't seem that I was going to be at least 6' away from any of them.  It did not seem that Prometric was abiding by the CDC Guidelines. 

    I hope NCARB is reading this and acts immediately.  We are all being exposed to the worst pandemic in modern times because of a test required by NCARB through Prometric.

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Harold and Katie,

    We appreciate you all bringing this to our attention. Please check out Jared's post on the topic here - https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360046744794.

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    Tamara Darwish

    Hello, me and my family experienced COVID 19 last month.. one of us had a fever! So not having a fever, doesn’t mean you are not infected. In our case I had it for 5 days before experiencing any symptoms! So if I took the test in those 5 days, and used the bathroom or touch the door handle there is no guarantee I wound infect anyone else!Earlier we complained about canceling the tests . Which happened to me twice , where being a working mom, it became impossible for me to find the time to study again ! taking the test should be same as going anywhere, there is no guarantee you won’t get infected! And I’m not sure if taking temperature will make a difference!

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    Harold Di Vito

    Tamara,  I am sorry for your COVID-19 experience.   Yours is a clear example of what can happen, specially these days when the cases nationwide are on the rise.  Of course, risks can be mitigated as the AIA has noted since march with design strategies, but it appears that Prometric is not aware of that and NCARB, apparently, are contractually uncapable of demanding them a safe testing environment for all of us.  

    The AIA already informed me that they have no contractual obligation with Prometric.  Done.  Hands washed.  Didn't seem to be the right approach to make a future professional welcome to the profession.

    I will not test with Prometric until I see they comply with the city of Chicago guidelines or NCARB changes vendors that do.

     

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    Harold Di Vito

    @NCARB, is this topic "Answered"???

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Harold,

    There is ongoing second thread on this topic at the above link which you have also commented on and received a response from Jared. Please post any additional comments to that thread. 

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