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  1. On the forum, the discussion of ‘fatal’ ARE exam flaws came up, regarding the note on this blog that there are no single fatal flaws. Coach seems to disagree, also stating that NCARB’s exam patent uses the phrase “fatal flaw.” Can anyone cite specific reasons that YAF believes there are no single fatal flaws on the exam? (page 12) (partway down, but if there are additional comments before you review the page then you’ll just have to scan from the top)

    • Thanks for your comment, and we appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention. We’ve spent some time today looking into the exam patent (referenced in the posts on ARECOACH’s forum… which, by the way, was dated May of 2000, prior to ARE 3.1) and have found this to be valuable insight.

      First off, just a quick reminder that the contributors to this site are volunteers – many of whom are exam candidates like yourself – and do not possess any sort of insider knowledge about how the exam is developed, much less how it is scored. Only NCARB knows for sure exactly what constitutes a passing or failing score. Our opinion is that it’s better to focus on the content, in order to be best prepared, rather than trying to analyze the behind-the-scenes mechanics of the test itself.

      That said, we don’t believe that there’s any one “land mine” in the graphic vignettes that will cause a candidate to fail, instantly and irrevocably, when stepped upon. We believe that there is likely a “cascade effect” to scoring, and that the right combination of errors (even small ones) could eventually add up to a failing score. In our reviews, we try to point out the basics of each vignette to help candidates minimize those types of errors, and we stress (very strongly) the value of practicing the software in order to become proficient with its use. Each vignette is fundamentally different, and certain items are inevitably going to be weighted more heavily than others — an error involving one of them could indeed spell disaster… but again, since we aren’t privy to scoring, we can’t say for sure.

      Certainly, failing to adhere to the rules of the test – such as not following instructions, missing a major programmatic element, or orienting the solution incorrectly – would be major issues in solving the vignette and passing the test… but we don’t consider “not following the directions” to be a fatal flaw.
      We’d also like to add that the archived presentations from past sessions, made available for reference on this site, do not address the commentary and discussion that was held during the actual sessions themselves. The presenter(s) went into much greater detail during the formal presentation, including some of the commentary noted above; reviewing the PDF without the benefit of those conversations removes it somewhat from the context of the overall presentation. We apologize that the full intent didn’t come across in this post.

      We will be addressing this matter at our next review session later this month, and will review (and possibly edit) the materials from previous years to avoid any future confusion.

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