[QUOTE=water;47182]One problem you can encounter when studying for a limited tonnage license is knowing what to study for. The only source I am aware of if 46 CFR 11.910, which is a table stating what subjects are required for each level of license.
According to the table, Ocean Track Plotting for the ocean endorsement for 500/1600 T Master should only include ETA. However, the module can include mid latitude, Mercator, and great circle sailing. Also fuel conservation. None of these subjects are indicated in the CFR table to be included at the 500/1600 level, but they can be there.
If you are studying at the 500/1600 level, you apparently need to follow the 2nd mate guidelines. It would be helpful if the USCG would either follow the CFRs, or update them. This problem might not be an issue if you are taking a prep class because the instructor has an good idea of what is on the exam, and is continually getting feedback from students. However, if you are studying on your own, it becomes an issue.
If you want to protest a question, you need to do it before you leave the exam room, so you need to have your wits about you and be able to write a coherent protest immediately. You can’t take 24 hours to digest what you just went through, and then protest. If you protest a morning exam, you’ll likely have your response that afternoon.[/QUOTE]
Water: I see what you mean…I found this on the NMC site but it supports the CFR…I wonder if there is a policy letter that explains this?
- Exam Room Procedure:
When an application for examination is submitted, [B]the applicant should be prepared to be examined on all
the material applicable to the officer endorsement or rating endorsement for which the application has been[/B]
made. Examinations may be administered only when all regulatory prerequisites are completed. To allow
Exam Room Supervisors to manage their time and resources, it is recommended that applicants be required to
make appointments for all exams. Subject to the Exam Room Supervisor’s discretion, applicants may start the
exam on any day the office is open. A limit of 3½ hours may be provided to each applicant to complete a test
module. The examination fee set out in 46 CFR Table 10.219(a) in Sec. 10.219 must be paid before the
applicant may take the first examination section.