Why can't NCARB continue to offer ARE 5.0 while launching Online Proctoring/ARE 5.1? Shouldn't there be a transition period while new cut scores are established? Isn't that how big changes are usually implemented? I know NCARB wants the same experience for everyone, but if you require new cut scores then I think you need a transition period so that it's not as disruptive to everyone's current testing experience. The transition from ARE 4.0 to 5.0 seemed to work out well, why can't we implement a similar strategy?
Honestly, I understand the desire to move towards being able to offer online proctoring and I can maybe even get behind the digital whiteboard (if well executed) but those changes including some of the other updates, like removing the ability to review questions after taking a break, will definitely impact testing strategies for many candidates. I think there wouldn't be so much backlash and anger towards all these changes if candidates had more time to prepare and plan ahead. We are resilient, we can accept change, but giving us time to adapt is key.
After passing 3 exams this summer, and with one exam scheduled for end of October, I will have to put any further testing on pause because I don't feel confident that these changes will be well executed in such a short timeframe and I don't want to spend $230 until the new cut scores are established. It's a shame to have to disrupt the momentum I had and pause my path to licensure.
If I had any say I would suggest to keep the launch date for Online Proctoring/ARE 5.1 on November 16, 2020 but continue to offer ARE 5.0 as well for the next 6-12 months, that's the transition period. Use similar incentives from the ARE 4.0 to 5.0 transition to get people to enroll in ARE 5.1 and establish the new cut scores.
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