It appears that there may be some pretty big changes to the ARE this year with the 2013 Blackout that is about to occur. In December 2012, NCARB released a brief statement introducing the blackout and how it may affect some ARE candidates.
Unfortunately, there is very little information available at this time regarding the 2013 blackout, but I will do my best to figure out how this will affect anyone preparing for the ARE.
What is the 2013 Blackout?
According to NCARB, a new testing company will take over the content and candidate management for the ARE while Prometric will continue to be the Council’s site management consultant.
Alpine Testing Solutions will take over this new role starting July 1, 2013 so in order to make this transition, NCARB is estimating an 8-week “blackout” for all ARE candidates.
What Does The Blackout Mean For Candidates?
It’s hard to estimate the full effect that the ARE 2013 blackout will have on candidates, but NCARB has provided a few answers to some general questions regarding the blackout.
The following is a quick summary of what NCARB has provided in their latest announcement regarding the blackout:
- No exam appointments may be scheduled for on or after July 1, 2013 until the blackout ends in late August, 2013
- There will be no exams administered beginning July 1, 2013 until the blackout ends
- The last day to take an exam before the blackout will be June 30, 2013
Read more: http://www.are-advisor.com/are-2013-blackout/