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rcz1001

To start this discussion thread:

While there are minor updates to the delivery of the ARE exam planned by NCARB which NCARB's Guidelines and Handbook would be updated, the exam content would remain the same and timing would be adjusted so I would have to follow NCARB's guidance on that and they should have new practice exams to test. 

Aside from above noted things to be mindful of:

What ARE exam study material for ARE 5.0 do people recommend ?


*This thread is for posting recommended study material and discussions related to the ARE exam. You can say this can be thought of as a ARE Discussion Central. 

** It is not the intent for this discussion thread to whine about NCARB or the ARE but it is a venue to ask questions and answers. It is not about me although I started this thread. Lets keep it clean not for my sake. (Just trying to get ahead of some of that kind of discussion that may rear its ugly head)

 
Sep 16, 20 5:29 pm
SneakyPete

The usual suspects. Ballast and working were my go-tos.

Sep 16, 20 5:34 pm  · 
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ivanmillya

Did you take 5.0? Ballast used to be really good for older versions of the exam, but IME, their translation to the 5.0 content areas has been really hit or mi ss, especially for the sucky exams like PPD (where many of the questions Ballast focused on were just far too broad and unhelpful for the actual content of the exam).

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Ballast was the only study material that was 5.0 "specific" at the time I took PPD and PDD when 5.0 was first released. I use "quotes" around specific because it was just regurgitated 4.0 content that was terribly edited. I did ok with it, I mean I passed, but it wasn't ideal and it was quite frustrating to study with (I've commented on it before). Might be less frustrating now if they've reissued material with a lot of the errors corrected. But the general consensus is that it hasn't been all that great as a study guide.

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SneakyPete

I was one of the lucky few who lost a test in the transition. I felt that Kaplan had no relationship to the information I was tested on and was mostly a generic primer to Architecture-ish information. While Ballast was light on substance, what it had was at least the same information found on the exams.

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t a z

Ballast ARE 5.0, 2nd Ed just came out. Very yellow cover w/ full price tag.

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ivanmillya

On this note, I'm struggling a lot trying to get through my last two exams (PPD & PDD). Mostly I feel like I'm getting stuck in the weeds on studying; I have a pretty good grasp on the process of selecting structural & building systems, but then I'll go take a practice exam question that asks something like "When bolts are used to connect a column baseplate to a slab foundation, would you also specify a: backplate, or fillet weld, or etc.etc.". Like, how in depth should I be studying and memorizing every possible building system for these exams?

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caramelhighrise

Ballast and on the job experience worked for me too. I didn't start testing straight out of college, so I just read Ballast for maybe 30 hours total combined for my first 3 tests. Well rounded experience gets you far.

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tduds

I made it through at the tail end of 4.0 so I can't speak to the new exams specifically, but overall I found Ballast and Black Spectacles to be the best study resources.

Ballast practice questions seemed more in line with the actual exam material than Kaplan, and I remember their answer keys explaining the answer instead of just giving the correct choice (I think Kaplan and/or others gave zero explanation, which is imo useless even if you get the answer right). 

I enjoyed Black Spectacles Q&A sessions, mostly because I'm better at learning through examples and audio than through theory and books.

Good luck on the exams.

Sep 16, 20 5:41 pm  · 
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tduds

Also! Just remembered the Schiff Hardin lectures, covering AIA Contracts. Fantastic breakdown of the legalese from a layer rather than an architect. I don't think I'd have passed the CDS section without those lectures.

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rcz1001

A link(s) to them might be great. Maybe, we need to archive them somehow but if the Schiff Hardin folks wish to do so for a more official authorized approach but yeah, I'm digging up the lectures. Some of them I seen are part of a Professional Practice course.

As I am reviewing them, they seem to be part of the same collection. I remembered these resources some years ago. Thanks for reminding me of them.

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thatsthat

I also recommend Black Spectacles for the video lectures. I appreciated having an intro to the major concepts before diving into the readings.

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thatsthat

For others following this thread that may also be looking for video resources, the AIA has a youtube channel that has videos about their contracts, including contract structure, the contents of A201, etc. I'd still recommended reading the documents (at least doing the side by side document of A201-2007; 2017 isn't out yet) but I found the videos to be a fairly comprehensive start. (I just finished the CDT so I've viewed these pretty recently.) NCARB also used to have a youtube channel, but I'm not sure if they've kept it up-to-date since switching to 5.0.

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SneakyPete

Schiff Hardin is fantastic, just be careful, I often found it easier to remember his criticisms of the contracts than the contract language itself. Very engaging lecturer for such a dry topic.

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I sort of discovered the same as SneakyPete as I was seeing others comment about Hanahan's criticisms of the contracts more than what they should have been learning to pass the ARE. It helps to understand that he was giving the lectures for a professional practice course, not as ARE prep ... so you need to understand that the intent behind the lecture can be different than what most people are using them for now. 

I found the lectures interesting, and I know others get enormous benefit from them (I still recommend them to people) but I stopped listening after two or three. It wasn't an efficient use of my time as I was already pretty familiar with the contracts from studying for the CDT, and practice.

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joseffischer

I was surprised on how many questions on all tests went back to the contracts. For someone who had enough years under his belt to know how the contracts bore out, and who understood their meaning, but also as someone who can just memorize contracts... those were so many freebie questions. For those who struggle with memorization, do whatever you need to know your contracts in and out.

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rcz1001

Just for those beginning the ARE and don't got the alphabet soup memorized: CDS (Construction Documents & Services) is an exam division of the ARE 5.0 by NCARB. CDT (Construction Documents Technology) is a certification/certification exam by CSI. 

Although they are covering overlapping subject matter, they are different exams. Despite that they sound similar and just by one letter difference, they are not the same 'exam' even though they are dealing with the subject matter. Taking CDT does not get you out of taking CDS in the ARE 5.0 by NCARB and passing CDS doesn't mean you get CDT certified by CSI. 

Not a criticism of anyone just clarity for someone reading this might get confused by the alphabet soup if they aren't yet up on it.

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Correction: CDS (Construction Documents & Services) was an ARE exam division under 4.0 (and 3.1) ... not 5.0. 

Addition: CSI stands for the Construction Specifications Institute. More info on the CDT exam here.

Aside from that, good clarification on the alphabet soup.

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rcz1001

Thank You. I stand corrected. 


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Aluminate

This is reportedly what's been working for the people I know taking it now/recently:

Ballast for non-structural topics;

ArchiFlash cards - it doesn't really matter how old the set is - it can be from the 90s.

MEEB

Ching's Visual Dictionary of Architecture

"Why Buildings Stand Up", and "Why Buildings Fall Down"

AIA contracts - the most typically used few, plus knowing what all the series letters are for, and the most commonly used forms

MasterFormat - understanding the basics of what is in each Division 00 thru 49

"Buildings at Risk: Seismic Design Basics" by Christopher Arnold.

Kaplan or its predecessor, for structural.  This also doesn't matter how old it is - it can be from the 80s or 90s.

A couple were enthusiastic about Black Spectacles, but both of them failed the last sections they took, so I'm not sure how enthusiastic they still might be.


Sep 16, 20 5:57 pm  · 
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thatsthat

I also used an older set of ArchiFlash I bought off a then-coworker for $20 and they were so great.

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thatsthat

I used the AREcoach forum and it was a big help. I remember a lot of the free resources being linked on there. Also it is heavily moderated to keep people from sharing answers. Quite a few share their experiences and what specifically helped for each individual exam. 


Something that was a major help to me was actually looking at the back of the NCARB guide and, at a minimum, leafing through the resources listed. I mostly looked at the diagrams. Yes there are a lot of books listed, but most are books from school or my office’s library had. 

Sep 16, 20 10:19 pm  · 
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rcz1001

Link: http://arecoach.com/coachforum/ (as of 9/16/2020)

Posted for other ARE exam takers.

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rcz1001

Michael Hanahan's (Schiff Hardin) Lecture Series archived by Internet Archive:

https://archive.org/details/ha...


Sep 16, 20 10:46 pm  · 
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The outdated Project Resource Manual: CSI Manual of Practice (PRM) is noted as a resource in the NCARB ARE 5.0 Handbook. You can find copies of it out there, but you'd be better off IMO referring to the Project Delivery Practice Guide (PDPG) which is the up-to-date replacement for the PRM. I did the CDT prior to the ARE and I found that it was a great prep for the ARE content on project delivery, project life cycle, roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in a project, reinforced the information you'll need to know about the AIA contract docs, and good documentation and coordination of drawings and specs. It gets overlooked by a lot of ARE candidates and it's a shame. I was using the first edition of PDPG. I've heard that not that much has changed content-wise in the second and now third editions, just how the content is organized. I'd assume any edition of PDPG would be sufficient.

So while I didn't use it that much in studying for the ARE, the knowledge I gained from using it to study for the CDT was extremely helpful in passing the ARE. 

Additionally, the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice (AHPP) is good, but not something I recommend people go out and purchase for themselves. Chances are your office has a copy that you can reference. If not that, you might have purchased and used the student version for your pro practice course in school, it works too. There was a list I found from the old ARE forum that had identified certain chapters to read for the various tests (4.0 version). Not sure if it is still floating around out there, or if someone has updated it for 5.0 divisions. Worth looking for in my opinion, or at least identifying key chapters of AHPP to study for certain topics of the ARE content areas.

Finally,* for better or worse, Archinect hasn't really been the place to get help for the ARE in the past. ARE Coach's Forum, the NCARB ARE 5.0 Community, and Michael Riscica's ARE Facebook Group are much more focused on this type of thing and have momentum and history going for them. There's nothing wrong with trying to get some support here, I'm just pointing out that a lot of the support is already happening in these other locations. Seeing what others are struggling with, helping each other out, finding errors in study materials, etc. were all helpful for me in my studying. There's only so much you can take in and remember by reading source material alone, discussing the topics and debating with others is useful in solidifying that information in your mind. Those other forums are already doing this with a critical mass. Again, nothing wrong with trying to build some support here, but it's already been done elsewhere. 


*I'm posting this mainly for others, as I think Balkins has been banned from most of the forums I noted above.

Sep 17, 20 12:14 pm  · 
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Jay1122

That last comment is a critical strike.

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It doesn't look like many people use Coach's forum anymore. Looking at the index, there are only a handful of topic areas where the latest post is from this year, and only 3 where it was within the last month (as of Sept 17, 2020): 

  • General Discussion (last post Sept 2, 2020), 
  • PcM - Practice Management (last post Jun 27, 2020), 
  • PPD - Project Planning & Design (last post Sept 14, 2020), 
  • PDD - Project Development & Documentation (last post Sept 14, 2020), 
  • California Supplemental Exam (last post Jul 13, 2020). 

Perhaps there is a lot of discussion happening in those few areas, but I think once the vignettes were killed, Coach's forum was doomed.

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I've also heard good things about The Amber Book, but don't have any personal experience with it for 5.0.

Sep 17, 20 12:31 pm  · 
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Protip for anyone studying the AIA contracts directly (which should be all candidates): Use the commentary for the 2007 versions. 

For whatever reason they haven't done commentary for the 2017 versions, but you can still find the commentary for the 2007 versions. You're probably ok to use the 2007 versions to study for the ARE, though the 2017 versions are the officially listed resources in the ARE 5.0 Handbook ... so you might also want to understand the changes from 2007 to 2017 (see links below for comparisons). Reading the commentary is a big help in understanding the intent of some of the language. Here are some links to the versions as hosted on the AIA website, not sure how long they will be available.

Sep 17, 20 12:59 pm  · 
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t a z

Are we talking about the changes starting Nov 16, 2020?

https://t.e2ma.net/click/h7vzf...

In addition to new online proctoring, there is a ripple effect on everything else:

Items per division will be reduced. Each ARE 5.0 division will feature 15-20 fewer items compared to the current exam. This change continues NCARB’s efforts to make the licensure process more efficient while ensuring the rigor of the exam is maintained.

Test duration per division adjusted slightly. Changes in the number of items per division will not have a significant impact on exam timing as candidates are being given more time per item on each division and more break time per division.

Optional break time expanded. Candidates’ optional break time will be expanded to 30 or 45 minutes, depending on the division. In addition, candidates will be able to use this time as they see fit, taking multiple short breaks or one long break during their appointment.

Previously viewed items locked when a break is taken. Candidates will be able to review any previously viewed items before they take a break. Candidates should complete all previously viewed items prior to going on a break. Upon returning from a break, candidates will be unable to review items seen prior to a break. Those items will be locked for the duration of the test appointment.

NCARB will set new cut scores. Because the number of scored items is changing, NCARB will have to set a new cut score for each ARE division. This is expected to take approximately four weeks, and candidate score reports will not be released until after the cut score is set. This process allows NCARB to ensure that the new cut score is appropriately equal in nature to the current passing standard.

Digital whiteboard will replace physical scratch paper. Candidates will still be able to take notes, outline potential solutions, and more using an online whiteboard option.

Oct 7, 20 5:53 pm  · 
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rcz1001

Sure, the NCARB updates are pertinent info.

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t a z

Of course the real question is will implentation be a shitshow and should I make an effort to front load another exam before the new (new) 5.0 goes into effect next month? 

Oct 7, 20 5:58 pm  · 
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t a z

Roll-out was pushed back to Dec 14, 2020. Got an e-mail today saying a new full length demo exam with the new digital whiteboard will be available "within the next few weeks."

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t a z

Oh, and if you need you buy the required external webcam to take the online proctored exam you can get a $50 gift card.

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t a z

Full length demo exam with the new "digital whiteboard" is live as of today, Nov 12, 2020. It has 75 questions with 2 case studies (compared with ~95 questions previously).

The whiteboard has a text box, but it seems janky (worse than Acrobat).

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archi_dude

I only studied Ballast 5.0,purchased practice exams by Cheng and then if there was info on those practice exams that I couldn't find in Ballast I tried to hunt it down in the supplemental. This seemed to get me enough info with out totally overdoing it. Also, the mind dump immediately after taking the test, very important.

Oct 8, 20 9:42 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

This.

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thatsthat

I'll second the mind dump. Helps with stress too.

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t a z

The online proctored exam option will be offered as of Monday, Dec 14, 2020.

Out of morbid curiosity, if anyone undertakes this option in the next couple weeks, post a review (of the experience, not the exam).

Dec 9, 20 4:01 pm  · 
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t a z

BTW, no one is going to get any score reports for at least a month as NCARB collects enough data to validate the new cut scores.

Oh, and they're dumping Prometric.

https://www.ncarb.org/pass-the...

August 2020: Guide to setting up testing environment. Late-September: 2020 Details about updated exam format and policies. October 2020: Updated Guidelines, Handbook, and Demo Exam; New test prep videos available; Details on the cut score process and testing accommodations. Mid-November 2020: Updated exam and online proctoring option launches.  December 2020: Update on cut score progress. Early-2021: Details about switch from Prometric to PSI. Summer 2021: Online and in-person ARE available at PSI.

Dec 10, 20 8:37 am  · 
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Bench

So from your understanding, is it from approximately mid-December to mid-January that they are finalizing cut scores (and will not be providing pass/fail until then) ?


Asking because my final exam is scheduled for the last week of January and I would genuinely love to not have to wait in excruciating pain.

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t a z

Short answer, yes. 

Long answer, the cut score is established on an exam-by-exam basis:

https://www.ncarb.org/blog/und...

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so it goes

I finally passed my last exam last weekend just in time before the online proctoring option begins and I can't express how relieved I am to dodge that bullet. The transition to new 5.0 will be a real shit show for the next several months. People are LIVID about the elimination of scratch paper at the testing centers. In the NCARB community forums there are numerous posts complaining about it. There is even an older woman who is pursuing legal action against the changes in the state of Wisconsin. The whiteboard is going to be a real issue for left handed folks and people with limited dexterity in their hands.

Dec 10, 20 2:13 pm  · 
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square.

they eliminated scratch paper? that's completely asinine, but doesn't surprise me

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Bench

I'm also peeved that they took out the scratch paper, but unfortunately i rushed my exams as fast as possible and it still looks like i will have to take the last one with this stupid whiteboard thingy.

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t a z

Any question that involves the calculator will also involve the whiteboard if you want to keep track of numbers. I need to figure out if the whiteboard clears when moving between questions....

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so it goes

You should also check to see if you can have both the whiteboard and the calculator up at the same time...

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t a z

For anybody waiting for results...

It's been almost 4 calendar weeks since the "new" 5.0 test format went live.  The magic number is 400 administrations per exam division before they have enough data to compute cut scores.

From the horse's mouth today (01/07/21).  Sounds like end of January at the earliest is the new estimate for results to start trickling out:

"NCARB is still collecting exam results data across all six divisions so scores will not be ready to be released as originally expected. Deliveries slowed during the month of December as appointments were rescheduled to later dates and COVID-19 impacted deliveries in some regions.

NCARB is meeting with our psychometricians on a reoccurring basis to assess the volume of exam results and continues to prepare to process the cut scores as soon as enough data is in hand to provide valid results that fairly assess candidates' performance.

At this time, early score results are expected to be completed in late January with lower volume divisions being released in early February. NCARB will be releasing greater information about the specifics around each division's progress in a candidate communication next week.

Although the length of time to release the score results is longer than NCARB had desired, we are committed to ensuring that all cut scores are fully vetted before impacting any candidate. Expect to hear more next week."

Jan 7, 21 5:30 pm  · 
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rcz1001

I'm waiting a little bit on the cut scores to get completed as well as at least a little bit of NCARB ironing out the online proctoring and the software.

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Bench

This is extremely frustrating.

Jan 8, 21 7:30 am  · 
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t a z

Totally agree! I got used to receiving results within 2 days but now I'm in a holding pattern for my final exam taken.

Assuming a pass, it's holding up transmitting my record to the state.  NCARB says that process may take up to an additional 45 business days.

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Bench

Oh I wish you hadn't told me that. I'm also going to be waiting on my final exam result to send for transmittal. Damn.

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gibbost

Totally going to sound like the old guy here . . . but it wasn't too long ago that you waited weeks or months for results. In 2008 when I took the test, it was typically 3+ months for results by mail.  The silver lining to that was that you simply put that test out of your mind and moved on to studying for the next.

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I should totally not sound like the old guy here, but it wasn't too long ago when NCARB set the last round of cut scores and it took longer than expected

I get it though. NCARB probably doesn't want to be more cautious in their timeline because it might make some candidates decide to delay taking the exam, which then pushes out the cut score process. Of course if they are too optimistic in the timeline, candidates get restless and cranky. 

My advice, set low expectations and ask them for money. When 5.0 was rolled out, they offered $100 gift cards to anyone that tested in the first 600 administrations for each division.

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t a z

History does tend to repeat itself.  

I guess an 8 week vs a 17 week delay is a walk in the park. I would not be surprised if the timeline slips further, so not holding breath.

This last test I took was a "freebie" exam credit they gave me a while back.  I'm not even sure the reason...  COVID reschedules maybe?  I have no grievances with NCARB, but a guinea pig bribe would have been a nice bonus.

The whole cut-score thing is basically out of their hands anyway.

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Bench

I think my bigger issue with the whole rollout is that they initially kept describing it as a kind of streamlining to accommodate the Covid situation - which made a lot of sense. However, now that they've actually done the rollout, this feels like a much more significant change. It can't be understated that removing the scratch paper, while seemingly a minor thing, is a pretty big shift when considering that their alternative (the "Whiteboard") is frankly a piece of shit. A grandfathering option of some sort would have gone a long way. Now I'm more concerned with following their test formatting changes than the actual content of the exam, which is frustrating.

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t a z

Ironically Prometric still gives you a pen because you need to sign in and out for the exam. So you get to sit at your testing station with a pen you can't use!  (Edit: personal pens may be a location specific COVID protocol).

I would have gladly answered 20 more questions (previous test length) in exchange for a piece of paper...  I'm sure someone will do something stoopid like start writing on their hand.

When I tested the proctor told me someone had locked themselves out of a lot of questions because they didn't know the new break policy.  Maybe that's why NCARB can't get enough (valid) tests.

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Bench

I would also gladly trade an extra 20 questions for the scratch paper. Fortunately I’ve taken the black spectacles practice exams, which we’re updated weeks ago to reflect the ‘seen question’ change.

Any idea if you can opt to keep the clock running when you go to the washroom - ie forfeit the time but keep all of the questions live?

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t a z

I would assume that's a hard no. I think the whole point of locking questions is because when you take a break to go to the washroom (with the online exam) that's an unsecure / uninspected area. You could have any manner of cheats waiting for you in the washroom.

And, of course, the in-person exam (even in a controlled testing environment) still has to be the same format as the online version to make it uniform.

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t a z

Just to add: Ethically everyone pledges they will not cheat on the exam, which is theoretically possible in any testing environment, but the barrier to cheating with the online exam is lot lower with little risk of getting caught.

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Bench

I think that's what I assumed, but it just seems so stupid. I'll play by the arbitrary rules and try to move in packs of 10 questions per 20-25 minutes, making sure all are answer before moving on.

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t a z

Welp, there's the official delay announcement:

Based on the current pace of testing volumes, NCARB now expects to release updated cut scores for the six divisions of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 by early-February. We know that any delay in receiving your score report can add to the stress of testing, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Why are cut scores taking longer to release?

Due to high volumes of rescheduled divisions and the ongoing impact of new COVID-19 restrictions, lower volumes of ARE 5.0 divisions have been delivered since the December 14 launch of the adjusted exam.

In order to ensure that the cut scores are a valid, fair assessment of your performance, NCARB must collect data from at least 400 exam administrations per division. As soon as that threshold is reached for a given division, NCARB staff, volunteers, and psychometrician consultants will work to set the cut score as quickly as possible. Learn more about how NCARB sets cut scores.

What should I expect next?

Based on the current volume of divisions scheduled, NCARB anticipates setting cut scores for all six divisions by early-February. This means that score reports will continue to be delayed until the cut scores are set.

Some higher volume divisions may reach the 400-administration threshold sooner. If possible, NCARB will set cut scores and release score reports for those divisions in late-January.

Candidates who took Practice Management should expect their score results first, as this division has the highest delivery volume at this time. Project Planning & Design and Project Management have the next highest volumes of current deliveries. Programming & Analysis, Project Development & Documentation, and Construction & Evaluation are expected to be the last divisions released.


Jan 12, 21 3:13 pm  · 
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Bench

Great. My last exam is in the slow group.

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t a z

Bench - What was the point of the 2nd NCARB cut score update e-mail yesterday that provided no new info or clarification?  It's not even worth re-posting here.

Is there an online uproar somewhere (that I don't want to know about)?

Jan 14, 21 1:31 pm  · 
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Bench

I'm trying to stay out of the online shitshow fray. I've heard from others its happening elsewhere, probably the NCARB forums. I only have the one exam left so I'm just focusing on getting it over with. As for yesterday's email it appeared to just be a regurgitation of the previous info - I assume they are getting a lot of flack for the changes and the only thing they can do is repeat themselves since it's not changing.

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t a z

Yeah, the study of psychrometrics sounds interesting and all, but I really don't want to know all the particulars in this case. Oh well, back to waiting and good luck!

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Only going off of the emails, I think there was some confusion as to whether NCARB would *publicly* release the cut scores for each division. The answer is no, they won't be releasing the cut scores publicly. In other words you'll never know going into a test whether you need to score a minimum of 70% (for example) to pass.

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t a z

They never have released scores so they reiterated that they wouldn't start now. It also sounds like each exam formulation may have a unique score based on the difficulty level of the compiled questions, even within the same division. That was my take anyway.

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That is correct, that the exam form may have a different cut score than another in the same division based on difficulty of questions. The harder the questions, the lower the cut score, and the less number of questions you have to get correct to pass. The opposite is also true, the easier the questions, the higher the cut score, and the more number of questions you have to get correct to pass. 

Also, I don't know who needs to hear this, but setting the cut scores is *not* establishing a "curve" for the exams. This was pervasive misinformation during the last cut score process as people would say that doing poorly on it was really helping set the cut score lower and making it easier to pass in the future. That is not how cut scores work.

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t a z

Yes - it's more like data science, not at all like grading on a curve. In this case I assume "difficulty" = "time to complete question" (or some other manner of analytical voodoo) so if you blanked out and stared at an easy question for a long time I guess during the evaluation period you could make yourself a statistical outlier... For a single question.

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Based on what I was able to gather about it, it's more about measuring competency and voodoo from subject matter experts judging how likely a competent test taker is likely to answer a question correctly. I wrote a blog post about it back during the cut score process for the initial 5.0 rollout. https://archinect.com/arch-ellipsis/are-5-0-cut-scores

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Bench

This isn't a callout to either of you two, but I tend to glaze over as other testers get into deep-dives about cut scores, etc. Fundamentally, just study the material. The better you know it, the more likely you are to pass; not to mention it will probably make you a better employee/architect. I'm as frustrated as anyone else about the testing changes, but the zen side of my demeanor just reverts back to studying more and more, to ensure i don't need to re-test it all later ...

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Agree completely. Study and internalize the material in order to make yourself a better architect. Passing the test should be the byproduct of becoming a better architect.

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Bench

t a z - any news / speculation? Just walked out of what is hopefully my last exam, now I get to sweat for 3 weeks waiting for a result :(

Jan 22, 21 3:47 pm  · 
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t a z

I've resigned myself to waiting but still check the ARE Discussion boards a couple of times a week.

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t a z

NCARB just (22 Jan 2021) posted a comment saying they are sending out an email next week.

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Bench

Great news!

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t a z

I was thinking another email would be bad news (further delay), but maybe it's a more accurate timeline?

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