With everything happening around scratch paper and remote proctoring, I’m becoming more and more concerned about exam security and people cheating the ARE.
Up until now Candidates have had to go through STRICTER security measures at Prometric testing centers, then security at an international airport.
Prometric won’t even let you take a pair of eyeglasses into a testing room without checking if there is a hidden camera inside those eyeglasses. I’m not convinced this level of security is available for remote proctoring. I really think NCARB is taking a huge gamble on this topic.
If you do a search on Amazon for the term “hidden camera” Amazon offers hundreds of products for under $100, which could easily slip past a remote proctoring virtual security inspection.
In the next webinar, I would like to see NCARB discuss how they are taking additional security measures with Remote Proctoring and what will happen if a Candidate is caught cheating.
Please discuss the worst-case scenarios. So when it happens, we know what the process and protocol is.
The purpose of ARE is about demonstrating the ability to protect HSW of public. In a worst case scenario involving cheating, imagine a life was lost due to professional negligence and we later found out that person cheated the ARE with Remote Proctoring. I’m also worried about damaging the public opinion of the value of having a License to practice architecture. This is something I spent a lot of time, money and energy acquiring.
In the past NCARB has sent mixed signals about the consequences of what happens when Candidates are caught cheating.
When it happened in 2009, NCARB publicly shamed the people caught cheating, shut down testing for 90 days so they could rewrite the exams and significantly raised testing fees for EVERYONE, claiming it cost them millions of dollars to redevelop the testing content (of one exam, if I remember correctly) that was leaked.
When it happened again in 2019, NCARB publicly shamed the people caught cheating by posting all their names on NCARB’s website, however all the names were removed a few months later. The people who were already licensed apart of this cheating scheme, NEVER lost their licenses to practice architecture in the State of New York. Everyone had to do 6 hours of Ethics CEU’s over the next 12 months and some people had some exams canceled.
After the 2019 incident NCARB wrote “Going forward, NCARB will maintain a public database of all disciplinary actions receiving a public reprimand.” However, I can not find evidence of this ever being done. I would like to access and review this public database. If it exists, where can I find it?
Even this NCARB Community Forum we are using right now, lacks security and moderation around this topic. There is zero ability to report posts to NCARB when candidates post wayyyy too much information about what they saw on their recent exam. It happened again just yesterday. Instead I have to keep writing emails to NCARB, pointing out that people are disclosing too much information and breaking the rules on this forum. I have been complaining about this for years.
My last concern is that after going down this remote proctoring path we’ve learned, its actually CREATED MORE PROBLEMS, then solved. Will NCARB be willing to respond with taking appropriate actions? or are we stuck with it and all these new changes?
With no disrespect, NCARB has never reversed a decision or ever taken any responsibility or blame. I’m terrified they are playing with fire and if there is a problem or a worst case scenario, the consequences will negatively impact ALL ARE Candidates.
I’ve seen zero evidence the risks of using Remote Proctoring to test the competency of protecting the HSW of the public, having been thoroughly considered.
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