I fully support online proctoring and the other changes that were made to the exam. I absolutely don't feel comfortable right now in testing at an in-person location, but would like to wrap up my exam process as soon as possible.
I was looking forward to testing out the new whiteboard and to having my mind changed as to how hard it would be to use. Well, unfortunately it is exactly as I expected: very hard to write in numbers, notes and calculations with a mouse in a way that is effective and readable. I even tried it using my digital pen ( I have a touch screen laptop), and still it was terrible to use. It requires skill, time and patience, which are hard to have when a candidate is already using all of his or her mental abilities to get through the exam.
I think the use of the whiteboard would negatively impact candidates' ability to be tested properly. We are supposed to be tested on knowledge surrounding Architecture, not our ability to use a digital tool like this one.
I just can't understand why the whiteboard was introduced. I recently took an online proctored exam for a different discipline, and was granted the use of 2 sheets of blank white Letter size paper. The Prometric exam supervisor was able - via webcam - to inspect both sides of the sheets, along with inspecting my desk and surroundings for compliance with the exam requirements. After I completed my exam, I had to - in front of the camera and with the Prometric agent watching closely - tear up both sheets of paper in 16 pieces, and place the pieces in a bin.
Why can't NCARB adopt a similar policy? The scratch paper could be maintained for both the in-person and online exam, thus providing the same exam experience for both scenarios.
Please take action on all the pushback there has been on the whiteboard. It is extremely important to be able to jot down notes and calculations while taking the exam, and with the digital tool you introduced it simply would not work.
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