you’d think it would be obvious. and most of my reasons probably are, but I’m going to list them anyway.
cost – the price keeps going up (arbitrarily it seems), making it harder and harder for recent graduates and interns to even sit for the exam. this is perhaps my biggest gripe because it has nothing to do with ensuring the best and brightest get licensed, just the ones with enough money at their disposal to get in the door.
ARE 4.0 – I’ve been a practicing intern architect since 2004 and in that time the ARE format has changed 3 time, from 3.0 to 3.1 to 4.0. So, in 6 years I’ve had to essentially “start over” 3 times because the format of the test keeps changing. This does nothing but make the process of test taking unnecessarily complicated and again has nothing to do with ensuring competent architects come out of the exams.
rolling clock – while I understand the need for this (I actually had a professor who waited more than 12 years to finish his exams), if you’re going to have a rolling clock then the format should not change every year, it should change in respect to the rolling clock schedule – every 5 years.
Finally, dear NCARB, STOP SCREWING AROUND WITH US! Work with the AIA and NAAB to develop a system where licensure is congruent with education. And some mentorship accountability would be nice too.