[QUOTE=ShawnYoungblood;127726]I am looking for recommendations for a prep course for my 500 ton Master. I have finished all of my prerequisite courses and am being told that self study passage for this exam is virtually impossible. I tend to not listen to this type of conversation as I have been able to pass many tests that I was told of supposed impossibilities.
I would love to hear any recommended prep material that can be bought on-line or elsewhere. I also would like opinions as to good prep courses. It would also be nice to hear anything positive in the way of someone who has self prepared and passed the exam.
Thanks in advance![/QUOTE]
I think a lot of people consider Lapware to be a little on the pricy side but there is no denying that that software has been developed as the result of decades of scientific analysis of all of the USCG questions that have ever existed. I don’t know if you can get better data on USCG exams than that. The people who put out Lapware know things about USCG exams that even the USCG doesn’t know themselves. Lapware is not without its flaws however.
The software can sometimes tend to focus on “high-miss” questions, especially in rules of the road, so you might get really good at all the difficult questions but end up failing because you missed all the really easy ones. This fault is not ubiquitous however and can be mitigated by good personal management, good studying skills, a healthy familiarity with the CFR’s and the occasional reliance on other sources of USCG questions to balance out minute areas where Lapware is found to be lacking.
Best of luck to you!