In the beginning of January, I sent in my application for the May 2009 exam. I waited patiently for my approval letter, but after 6 weeks, I bit the bullet and shelled out for some exam prep materials and started studying. After 10 weeks, I called AICP to find out that I was rejected but couldn't find out why until my official rejection letter was sent. I called back and got the response emailed today, which was good because the letter took almost three weeks to show up. I have until May 1 to appeal, but even if my appeal is accepted, I can't take the test until November. The rejection stated: "The applicant's experience with AECOM qualifies as professional-level environmental review, not urban, rural and regional planning. In particular, the applicant's response to Criterion 2 (Comprehensiveness) and Criterion 3 (Appropriate Planning Process) do not address the elements required by the application to illustrate urban, rural and regional planning experience."
The whole process is ridiculous! I have been an urban planner for 5 years. Rural planning? I live and work in NYC. We don't have rural planning. All of my coworkers are AICP and the planner that works for me was just accepted to take the test. I am also still waiting to get my application fee back. I'm currently debating whether or not to even appeal. The whole thing really makes me upset.
If I do appeal, does anyone have a suggestion on answering those questions? Clearly, I didn't b.s. enough.
Thanks for letting me rant.