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What to Expect on Exam Day

Posted by Brightwood Architecture Education
Published: June 30, 2015

Woody Allen once said that a large part of being successful is just showing up. That is certainly true of the licensing examination, where you must not only show up, but also be on time. Get an early start on exam day and arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled test time. Getting an early start enables you to remain in control and maintain a sense of confidence, while arriving late creates unnecessary anxiety.

If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, you may lose your appointment and forfeit the testing fee. You will be asked to provide picture identification with a signature and a second form of identification. For security reasons, you may also have your picture taken.

The Exam Room

Exam room conditions vary considerably. Some rooms have comfortable seats, adequate lighting and ventilation, error-free computers, and a minimum of distractions. The conditions of other rooms, however, leave much to be desired. Unfortunately, there is little a candidate can do about this, unless, of course, the computer malfunctions. Staff members will try to rectify any problems within their control.

Once the candidate is seated at an assigned workstation and the test begins, the candidate must remain seated, except when authorized to leave by test center staff. When the first set of vignettes is completed, or time runs out, there is a mandatory break, during which you must leave the exam room. Photo identification will be required when you reenter the exam room for the next set of vignettes. At the conclusion of the test, staff members will collect all used scratch paper.

Exam Room Conduct

NCARB has provided a lengthy list of offensive activities that may result in dismissal from a test center. Most candidates don’t need to be concerned about these, but for those who may have entertained any of these fantasies, such conduct includes:

  • giving or receiving help on the test;
  • using prohibited aids, such as reference material;
  • failing to follow instructions of the test administrator;
  • creating a disturbance;
  • removing notes or scratch paper from the exam room;
  • tampering with a computer; and
  • taking the test for someone else.