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Saturday, May 03, 2008

What should exams be all about

Yesterday I had my VHF maritime license exam revalidation - in Portugal we do it every 5 years. The exam itself is actually quite simple, but crucial for safety at sea.

But what I found great was the model of the exam itself. It is composed of the following:

  1. A multiple choice written exam
  2. A practical examination

Nothing new here. But here's how it goes: we do the written exam, which is immediately corrected by the examiner. Those who succeed go into the practical examination. And here, we are asked, in order, for:

  • the critical safety questions we failed
  • equipment operation rules
  • equipment operation handling
  • emergency procedures
  • normal everyday's procedures
  • lots of scenarios

The examiner is not only validating your knowledge, he ends up giving an extra 1H lesson! And it is then clear that the exam questions are aligned with the needs. Great way to learn!

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