Stylus and suitable graphic tablet is neccessary for sketching and notetaking with digital whiteboard for digital whiteboard to be effective for an Architectural Exam that requires visual thinking and sketching and working through engineering equations step by step, mathematically.
See visual Example.
Sketching with stylus in this example might not be pretty but it's a big step towards a legible notes, sketches, diagrams, etc. Different exam divisions may have varying needs when using the Digital Whiteboard but it isn't going to all be sketched text. If you have a text box tool to type notes onto the digital whiteboard, that would help but some of this is work, people in this profession is trained to work visually and that is how it is taught substantively in the schools and to some part, also how it is done in practice. Working complex equations entirely in the head is not something most people in this profession is trained to do and had practiced to efficient level and they would take a lot longer to do something in a different manner than they are accustomed to.
In the sketch, I used the Wacom Intuos 4XL (kind of a whale of a tablet). Smaller ones would be more efficient for an exam like the ARE given it's much lighter weight and its workability in a relatively limited table space.
I'm using the Wacom tablet with the automated installed drivers Windows provides and it is in "mouse" mode (by default behavior and would not be in pen mode unless set to pen mode with Wacom software tools). Even then, the using of the stylus produced better results given the natural dexterity and ability to make the tight movements to shape letters a lot easier than to do with a mouse which is like trying to draw and write your name with a rock. Exactly a point that Dr. David Thornburg was talking about when he was making touchpad/graphic tablets beginning at Xerox PARC and when he went to make a consumer version (Koala Pad) which became a key progenitor of touch pads on your laptops and graphic tablets like the Wacom graphic tablets.
Again, I don't use the graphic tablet daily but it really is nice to use along side the mouse which is great for clicking on your answers and making those selections because these devices were designed for different purposes.
NCARB, you guys need to talk with the proctors so as to make these devices available.
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