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    Jared NCARB

    All,

    Recent posts have been removed and some individuals have had their ability to post comments on the community suspended because they violated the community guidelines. False accusations, misrepresentations, bullying, and threatening behavior is unprofessional and will not be allowed to remain. Individuals that act in such a way will lose their privilege to post. This is not censorship - this is maintaining a community environment to fulfill the purpose of providing a "place where candidates can come together to ask questions, share best practices, and interact with our experts". Personal attacks towards individuals in no way support another candidate's journey towards licensure.

     

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    Sharon Harvey

    It is only making us angrier when posts are deleted. Does NCARB think we are going to keep paying them exorbitant amounts for ridiculous tests with crappy software, not allow candidate input on major changes, put up with strategies to make it more difficult to pass - all so they can keep charging us $235 an exam plus membership dues and that we will not complain? 

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    Penelope Schmidt

    Censorship of posts about this very serious issue regarding taking away scratch paper and the extremely bad performance of the exam software is just plain wrong. Transparency, is always the right way. I am saddened to learn of the enormous salaries  representatives, responsible for this failure of the testing process, are receiving.

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    Michael Riscica (Edited )

    Agreed. 

    I'm really concerned about NCARB suspending ARE Candidates use of this  community forum for saying something that didn't agree with with NCARB’s narrative, AT THE SAME TIME allowing anyone with a valid email address to make an account on this community and say anything they want anonymously.

    I will continue to worry about NCARB and Security. 

    Why do they even call it a "Community"???  Just call it a forum. NCARB has always distanced itself from their Community. 

    Sadly I see Michael Armstrong continually putting more resources towards trying to win over parents who are thinking about sending their kids to architecture school, rather then addressing NCARB's real problems: like their software crashing in the middle of exams or addressing all these people who are really worried about the future of their architect licenses.

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    Sharon Harvey

    Jared NCARB,

    My post was not bulling nor threatening. My post was based facts and what I have endured as an NCARB candidate. There was no personal attack, I do not see how censoring public comment to only what you agree with is a democracy.

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    Michael Riscica (Edited )

    Jared, 

    People are making fake accounts on this group and violating NCARB's Community Guidelines. 

    Why does NCARB allow anyone with an active email address, permission to use this forum anonymously?!????  

    Yet the people who login through their NCARB Records and have paid NCARB lots of money over the years, have to use their real names on all their posts. You are punishing your Stakeholders and there is zero recourse for the outsider anonymous trolls.  This isn't fostering a healthy community. 

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    Jared NCARB

    Sharon,

    I am not aware of any of your posts being selected to be removed. One of your posts may have inadvertently been removed based on the way it was linked to another thread and you are certainly free to continue to post.

    The decision to replace scratch paper with a whiteboard has been explained and it is in no way an effort to make the ARE more difficult as you propose. The content and learning objectives necessary to demonstrate knowledge to practice independently have not changed and, admittedly, are not easy. The changes being implemented are going to be evaluated as part of a cut score evaluation process as previously noted and the impact of the change of toolset will be accommodated for in the new cut score.

    This situation may feel like a dictatorship to you as one must realize the exam is not made for licensure candidates. It is made to assess licensure candidates. The exam is developed to assess independent competent practice and, therefore, covers a large amount of content with a passing standard appropriate to that level of professional licensure.

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    Jared NCARB

    Michael,

    I agree with you regarding a current limitation in this community platform that does not require all individuals to honestly represent who they are. You'll recall we evolved from the Google+ platform which had even lesser standards. NCARB is evaluating what changes can be made to this platform or whether a transition to another platform would be better.

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    Michael Carnessali

    You have removed my post that shows how you can find seat availability despite NCARB's desire to hide this so one must buy seat credits AND THEN get to see what dates are available. NCARB was already shady prior, you reduced the number of tests and then increased the amounts to make sure you weren't losing money. You are the epitome of a bully, removing what you don't agree, what an absolute joke. I will forever tell people to simply not get licensed, use the term intern and architect interchangeably because NCARB doesn't care about that, they only care about the money. This color looks great on you

    BTW you can use this site to find seat availability prior to buying seat credits! http://securereg3.prometric.com/

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    Jared NCARB

    Michael,

    NCARB doesn't hide that a candidate can use the Prometric site to search for site availability using Prometric's website. If a previous post of yours was removed, it was not related to sharing the hyperlink above.

    I must inform all licensure candidates that the advice you say you provide about not getting licensed and referring to themselves as an architect is inappropriate advice. Calling or referring to oneself as an architect when working in the area of building design or construction violates many states' statutes and can put the individual at risk of sanctions. 

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    Helena Oniam

    This is not censorship - this is maintaining a community environment to fulfill the purpose of providing a "place where candidates can come together to ask questions, share best practices, and interact with our experts".

    What? It's CENSORSHIP!!! 

    All that time looked at posts and found the ones calling out YOU and the CEO but still no pencils and papers? You don't agree with how people feel about YOU so YOU take the comments down. It makes the feeling even worse.

    JUST START SAYING YOU'RE AN ARCHITECT. They don't protect laws. These exams protect no one. We're all architects now and didn't have to pay to say it!

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