CLARB is announcing major changes to the administration process for the L.A.R.E. that will be effective as of the April 2022 administration (registration opens soon).
To walk through these changes with us and ask questions of CLARB staff, you are invited to join the following webcasts. Please click on each link to register:
WHAT IS CHANGING?
CLARB's test administration partner is changing from Pearson VUE to PSI. With this move to PSI, test center locations, the appointment booking website, and exam functionality will change.
ADDITIONAL TESTING OPPORTUNITIES
With the move to PSI, we are excited to announce that Sections 3 and 4 will now also be available for online proctoring. As an additional testing option and alternative to in-person testing, Sections 3 and 4 will join Sections 1 and 2 which have been available for online proctoring since December 2020. With this change, the entire L.A.R.E. will be available both in test centers and through online proctoring during the administration periods.
There are critical updates to the exam functionality beginning with the April 2022 administration. Any candidate who previously tested should pay close attention to these changes.
- WHITE BOARDS: Candidates will no longer be able to use a physical white board and marker during the exam. Every exam (in person or online proctored) will have a whiteboard tool built into the exam on screen and available for use on screen.
- CALCULATOR: Candidates will no longer be able to use a handheld calculator during the exam. A calculator tool is built into the exam and available for use on screen.
- BREAKS DURING EXAM/QUESTION FLAGGING: When taking a break during the exam, candidates will no longer be able to go back to previous questions from prior to the break period- even if the question was flagged or left blank. A break will now actually break up the exam and candidates will only be able to see new questions that came up after the break period. This will occur for each break a candidate takes during the test. The clock will not stop during breaks, just as before, but access to previous questions is removed.
All candidates must sign a Candidate Agreement before registering for the L.A.R.E. The Candidate Agreement has been updated to add that candidates may not volunteer as a test prep agent or tutor (to include serving on test prep committees or test prep advisory councils) for three years post-exam exposure/testing. While this is not a functionality change to the L.A.R.E., it is a concurrent additional change going into effect for the April 2022 administration.
With all of the changes listed above, they must be noted in the Orientation Guide
! Effective January 1, 2022, the Orientation Guide has been updated to reflect all of the changes related to the move to PSI, including exam functionality and additional testing opportunities through online proctoring. The updated Candidate Agreement is also included in the Orientation Guide.
CLARB is looking forward to implementing these changes with the candidate experience in mind. Seamless appointment booking, additional testing opportunities, and greater use of technology will benefit current and future exam candidates.
Please feel free to share this information with those you know in the L.A.R.E. community and join the upcoming webcasts:
CLARB staff is available to assist with any questions Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-432-0332 as well as social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @CLARBHQ).