social distanced in person exams: yes or no

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    Destiny Shropshire

    I was at my local Prometric about a month ago and there is distancing with the check in process, but not with the seating. There are already dividers between stations, so it wasn't so close that I felt uncomfortable while testing, though everyone's experiences could vary. 

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Jonathan,

    There are two columns on the Prometric site status page that will help answer your questions. Program availability refers to the exams being delivered in the test center. The ARE is classified as essential so it is being delivered in test centers that display all programs and essential only.

    The site occupancy status refers to the number of testers allowed into the Prometric test center. Most Prometric sites at this point are running at full occupancy. Some Prometric sites are still maintaining social distancing based on local and state regulations and will say limited occupancy.

     

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    Jonathan Chertok

    so “limited occupancy” does in fact mean they are socially distancing in some way?

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    Nick NCARB (Edited )

    Hey Jonathan,

    Limited occupancy doesn't always mean social distancing. One thing to note, Prometric may also use this designation if a test center has limited capacity for other reasons like site upgrades, renovations, or other situations where all computer stations are not available.

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    Jonathan Chertok

    nick,
    i don’t understand your answer here.
    i provided a URL. you indicated how i should interpret it.
    you them stated “ Some Prometric sites are still maintaining social distancing based on local and state regulations and will say limited occupancy.”
    i asked if the in fact “limited occupancy” means social distancing.
    your answer to this follow up is extremely confusing. meaning c i don’t understand anything related to your follow up answer.
    is there an email or phone number for someone at ncarb or prometric or a way to talk to the actual site to find out what to expect please.
    thanks

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    Richard Balkins

    "Limited Occupancy" does not strictly mean "social distancing" but when for local and/or state requirements that they have to limit total occupancy and other such requirements for social distancing and a mandated distance between people seated then it would be a situation of "Limited Occupancy".

    In the COVID-19 situation, you can assume some of the instances of "Limited Occupancy" has to do with some sort of social distancing mandate of local and/or state regulations. HOWEVER, "Limited Occupancy" designation is not strictly limited to COVID-19 situation and you may still see some instances of it even after the COVID-19 situation is behind us just as you may have before the COVID-19 situation came upon us. 

    Is that more clearly stated. I'm just helping translate NCARB to some form of English for you. I wish you best as a fellow ARE candidate and someone who has dealt with NCARB for more than a decade.

     

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    Nick NCARB (Edited )

    Jonathan,

    The limited occupancy status doesn't always mean social distancing at a test center. Here is an example:

    • If a test center in a state is undergoing a renovation and only 30% of the seats are available because of the renovation, the test center would show "Limited Occupancy" as the status on the Prometric website.
    • If local regulations for a different test center require social distancing and only 50% of the seats are available to maintain social distancing, this test center would ALSO show "Limited Occupancy" on the Prometric website.
    • As you can see, limited occupancy can mean more than just social distancing.

    Think of limited occupancy as a test center status that means not all seats are available. There are many reasons why a test center may have limited occupancy, so don't assume it always means the test center is social distancing. 

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    Mark Baker

    Jonathan,

    As everyone has stated - the testing centers do their best to enforce social distancing by moving waiting room chairs far apart and keeping people "six feet" away from each other.

    And then you get into the testing room and sit approximately 4 feet away from the person next to you as they test with those typical cubical walls between you and them.  Mask on at all times or else!

    Mark

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    Kathryn O'Regan

    I've tested in PA twice during Covid.  Prometric has been strict about distancing in the lobby, but both times I tested, the testing room was at least 50% full and I had someone in the cubie right next to me.  Not happy about that.  You could try calling test centers in your vicinity to see if they can give you an update about how busy they usually are, but I don't think there's anything you can do to guarantee and open cubie to either side of you.

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