What in the World is NCARB doing?!

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    Julia De Vito

    Hi Kenneth,

    The change was made in order to create the same testing rules both for the in-person and online-proctored exams, since everyone now during the break can have access to study materials and cell phones.

    The break time extension has been extended (which I am so thankful for because 15 minutes were stressful to manage with the check out and check in process!), and you can take as many breaks you want within that time frame, and are not limited to just one break. 

    This changes testing strategies for sure, but it's still possible to budget time to check un-answered questions before taking the break. You can think of dividing the exam in sections and focusing on a section at a time on each side of a break.

    There is hope :)

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    Lamour Hudson

    It doesn't matter how many breaks you take, you can't go back as Kenneth mention. I was also disappointed with this change because I prefer to go in-person, so that I do have to deal with the online setup. Sometimes a step away from the screen allows you to clear your mind and come back to questions you wanted to re-check later.

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    James Martzahl

    Don't take the break. Just push through it so you can go back to earlier questions if needed. If 2020 has taught us anything about NCARB, its that NCARB does not make rational decisions when it comes to testing. 

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    Susan Anderson

    "Is the purpose of the exam to pass or be played with?"

     

    I think we all know the answer to that.

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    Christopher Kipp

    Could not agree more.  The requirement for the use of the digital whiteboard and eliminating scratch paper was very frustrating to me as well.  Most of the 'adjustments' made the test taking process more difficult and clunky.

    I don't understand why they decided to make so many adjustments in the middle of the 5.0 version.  I took one test in November and one in January and it was like a completely different experience.  Hopefully they heed some of the negative feedback that I am sure is coming in.

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    Laura Perez

    I was wondering the same thing. Honestly, taking the test at home and at the testing center are two completely different environments and should be treated as such. Personally my equipment at home cant handle taking the test at home. So I have to go in person, risk getting covid, and still have to deal with test crashes at the testing center. Just make the two test different because they are. One is a luxury and the other is just the reality. Dont punish those that have to go to a testing center to take it. Give the testing center people paper and breaks if you want to take it a home you have to sacrifice something... because the testing center folks sure are sacrificing a whole lot. 

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    Susan Anderson

    The trade off for online is your own chair, your own place, no driving, no noise.  If one is willing to drive to the testing center, risk covid and sit in a room with others, the scratch paper should be allowed.  The two testing environments are so different that the "both test the same" reasoning falls flat.  Very flat.  I do not think they have the integrity to say "we made a mistake."  I don't think it's within this organization to be able to do that. They don't have the character, individually or institutionally.   Their goal is obviously not getting capable professionals licensed.  Or else they wouldn't remove the fundamental tool of the architect, a pencil. 

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