Block of Experimental ARE Questions to Debut in July 2005

Mechanical & Electrical Systems Division Will be Affected

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is currently exploring new methodologies in the development of multiple-choice questions for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). The success of our new initiative depends on the cooperation of exam candidates.

Beginning July 2005, a block of 25 experimental questions (known as a "testlet") will be delivered to all candidates at the conclusion of the Mechanical & Electrical Systems division of the ARE. Candidates will have one additional hour to complete these 25 questions. The block of questions will contain a mixture of traditional four-option multiple-choice questions and experimental questions, such as "check-all-that-apply" and "fill-in-the-blank." Examples of these questions are provided below.

Over the course of the study, there will be several versions of these experimental testlets in circulation, with each testlet varying in difficulty. These testlets will be administered to candidates taking the Mechanical & Electrical Systems division until NCARB has accumulated sufficient data to make an informed decision regarding the inclusion of alternate question types in future versions of the ARE. We anticipate the delivery of these experimental questions to extend through November 2005; however, the period of delivery may be shortened or extended as necessary, depending on the results.

It is important to understand that a candidate's performance on these experimental questions WILL NOT affect their score on the Mechanical & Electrical Systems division.

In recognition of their participation, NCARB will issue a check for $100 to those candidates who successfully complete the experimental questions. Checks will be distributed after completion of the study during the first quarter of 2006.

NCARB thanks in advance exam candidates who will be involved in this initial experimental testlet. Their cooperation and thoughtful consideration of the material will be crucial in shaping the future of the ARE.

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