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Code Study Method
ICC Certification Exam Study Method

ICC Certification Exam Study Method
Passing the ICC Certification Exam

This page contains valuable links to help you find what you need to get ICC Certified.
The ICC Exams are open book tests that require you to have a basic understanding of the subject mater, technical terms and codes that are required for the certification that you are seeking.

The following is valuable information that describes a study method that will help you in passing the ICC Test.

The best way to study for an open book test is by doing open book tests.   By reading a question and then pursuing the answer your mind is forced to interpret what you read, process that information, and find a solution through recall, and research. These study exam questions will help you by improving your skill of three major things needed to pass the exam:

 1. You will increase your speed at finding the answers and you will become an expert on where to find the answers in the code book, this is very important because this is the only way to be correct 100% of the time. 

2. You will learn the answers to many of the questions that will be on the test and thereby be able to answer them from recall memory, saving you precious time.   

3. You will become an expert at managing that time during the test, through test taking experience. 

The Test Questions Answers and References are in back of the book.

You can Pass all the exams first try with these study questions!

How to Pass Your Exams First Time, Every Time

Studying the code can help you pass the exam, but because of the extremely large amount of data, exceptions and variations it is impossible to have all that information flawlessly in your mind. That is why the tests are open book.  The best inspectors rely on the code book, not their recollection of the code.  It is extremely important to be right on the safety issues in the code.  If you have a basic understanding of terminology you should easily be able to pass the exams by having a fast system down for finding the answers in the book.  

First, do not read the code through intensely paying attention to every detail.  There is way too much information to absorb in that way.  Instead, first skim through the table of contents to see how the code is arranged.  In an open book test it is very important to be able to find the answer and find it fast.  Spend 10 minutes and just familiarize yourself with the arrangement of the whole code book.  Look though the table of contents. Go to the sections that interest you and find them.  Next, go to the back of the book and study the index.  Most of the answers you need to find are only seconds away once you find the right topic in the index.  You must become an expert at finding what you need in the index.  The answers to almost all of the questions on the exam can be found in a matter of a minute or less if you find it first in the index and then in the section that the index points to. 

Second, skim through all of the sections in the code paying attention to the titles of each section and subsection lightly skimming the content.  This does two things. It further familiarizes you with the code book and how it is arranged and also trains your eyes and mind to be able to go quickly through the content.  You will pick up bits and pieces of what you have skimmed and when you see numbers your mind will naturally be inquisitive to see what the numbers apply to.   

Let’s face it, on an open book test the main thing to overcome is the time factor.  All of the answers that you need are right there in that book, you just need to know where and how to find them.  If there were no time limit everyone should be able to get 100% correct answers on the test every time.

 How to Learn

 One thing that they do not teach you in school is how to learn and how to remember.  That is something that is very important on complex subject mater like the material in the ICC Exams.  Too much emphasis is put on what you are learning and no emphasis is put on a system of learning.  

Schools should first teach you how to learn, just like they teach you how to read or do math.  Once you have mastered the system of how to learn, you can learn and retain anything.  On these ICC Exams you more code answers that you have in memory the more time you will have to look up the answers to the questions that you do not know the answers to.  

Most people think that in order to memorize something you need to read it over and over again.  While this method will cause memorization over time, it is really an inefficient use of time.  

In reality memorization is a product of two things, time and recall.  If you read a fact or figure and then never make any attempt to bring that information back to your conscious mind, you probably will not remember it very long.  Think about how many people you have meet only to forget their name.  Why because you did not use their name.  Remember, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Sound familiar, well, it’s true. 

So I’m learning codes, how do I use them?  How can this help me on the ICC Certification Exam?

Here is how to pass your exam! 

Never spend more than about 20 minutes at one time studying through the code book.  Why?  It is a proven fact that most people concentrate the best for about 20 minutes and then their learning productivity starts to decrease.  You will actually learn much more by studying in twenty minute intervals.  During the break times away from the code book you will actually keep learning and really learning it if you do this.  Try to recall as many of the facts that you have learned during your 20 minute study block as you can.  Every time you recall a fact it makes that fact much easier to recall the next time.   

The secret is recall over time though not just recall.  If you take in any bit of information an within 20 minutes recall that information, then recall it again this time say 3 hours later.  You are apt to remember it tomorrow, so if you recall it tomorrow, you are apt to remember it a week from now.  Now if you recall it a week from now you will then be able to recall it a month and then a year and the 10 years or for life. 

Look at what you did.  You read something once, remembered it 6 or 7 times, and now it is imbedded in your memory for life.  It actually was imbedded in your mind, the first time you read it.  You just needed to then, train your mind how to find it up there in that mass of gray matter. 

The first recall is the most important, because if you wait to long your mind my not find the path to the information.  Then you have to look it up again and start over.  You will learn from experience how long to wait between learning and recalls, 1,2,3,4, 5 ……

 So through recall over time you have trained your mind where to find the information that it stores.  This simple technique will work for anything you ever need to learn for the rest of your life.  The same exact principles can be used on the code book.  

Our Workbooks are divided into three main sections:

Section One in the Workbook. 

Now that you have a good foundation on how to learn and have reviewed the table of contents, the index and skimmed the whole book once, you are ready to start using the practice questions in section one.  Use the same twenty minute period method to answer the first practice questions in the workbook.  You will probably be able to find from 3 to 6 answers at first in that twenty minute block, and that will keep improving as you practice your skills.   Now use the recall technique between each block, reviewing the questions and answers in your mind.  You can be watching TV, eating going for a walk, bike riding playing with the kids, visiting with friends, or doing nearly anything during this time, actually diversion and distractions are a good thing when it comes to recall.  If you can recall under those conditions, think how easy it would be on a test with no distractions.  Who knew learning could be this much fun? 

Going in 20 minute blocks using recall go through all of the practice questions.  Remember to think about questions and answers that you did in the last 20 minute block.  By the time you are done with the main question area in the book, you will be pretty good at finding answers in the code book, and you will have memorized the answers to many of the questions on the exam.  Remember, If you can answer them from memory, accurately you save more time for the ones that you have to look up in the book. 

The Second Section, Timed Exams 

The timed exams will reinforce all of the skills that you are developing and prepare you for the against the clock aspect of the test.  The whole time you are building skills in finding answers, memorizing answers through recall and building confidence.  By test day you have become a pro at taking the tests and probably know about one third or more of the answers on the test without even looking them up.  And, as for the one’s you need to look up, you are very good at finding those answers quickly by now.

The Third Section is the answer key which gives you the answer to each question and the reference in the code book or reference book where the answer is taken from.



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