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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.