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Old 07-14-2013, 05:28 PM
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Well I'm half way done with the class room time. I know the basic navigation questions to the T. I feel ok about all of the plotting but man moving your divider wrong can really mess you up. On Friday will start deck and the dreaded rules of the road. I've been studying them on my own but still worried? I'm going to take the masters class the following weekend if I pass oupv. Any advice would be great.
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There are a lot of mnemonics that you can use to help with lights, signals, horns bells etc.....the dreaded rules of the road.

Not enough space to list them here, but there are many google sites where they give you some good ones.

I felt they helped me a bunch as a lot of that started to run together toward
the end of that particular class....

I used SeaSchool, and our instructor was great for listing them as well as for having models that we could study...
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are you in Sea School?
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are you in Sea School?
Yes. Fort Lauderdale.
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Red over red the Captain is dead.....

I did my OUPV in Feb.. The whole thing comes together at the end. Don't sweat it. Study every day after class.
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Look for the phone apps they really help with lights and sounds. I used the hell out of them when I took my test.
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Don't fixate so much on rules and the plot. Everyone obsesses about them because they're 90% exams, but think they've got deck gen and nav gen licked. Most people who fail a section, fail the general exams because they focused so closely on the plot and rules. You've taken the right first step by enrolling in a license prep class. They'll get you through it. Hell, I think you even test at the school for <200 ton. I did my OUPV, 100ton, and 1600ton master through a school. Easy Peasy. When I tested for my 3rd mate I did it all on my own. Never again!
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U-561 and anyone else planning to take an exam in the future...

www.lapware.org

I believe this program has been around the longest and written by the man himself Capt. Murphy...

I highly suggest subscribing for a couple of months. You can choose your license level and it will generate the questions for you in many different layouts for the license you have chosen. There is a study mode, a test mode, and then there is the answers mode. I has every single question that the Coast Guard has. EVERY question...

It will even break down mathematical questions step by step to show you how to get to your answer. It also has the charts which you can print out and solutions step by step too...

I took my final & last test in 2011 (Chief Mate/Master Unlimited) and I owe a lot of credit to this program...

Good luck and remember to get enough sleep...
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Take practice tests until you know the answers. Those same questions will pop up again on your test.
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When prepping/studying for Deck General, take a day and go to your local courthouse. Go to the law library and familiarize yourself with using and looking up references in the Code of Federal Regulations. Not that you have to memorize them, learn how to look up specific regulations that will show up on that portion of the exam. The day of the test is not the time to try and figure out how to use the reference. If I remember right, questions on section 33 and 46 will be included in deck general.
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Take practice tests until you know the answers. Those same questions will pop up again on your test.
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Well I'm half way done with the class room time. I know the basic navigation questions to the T. I feel ok about all of the plotting but man moving your divider wrong can really mess you up. On Friday will start deck and the dreaded rules of the road. I've been studying them on my own but still worried? I'm going to take the masters class the following weekend if I pass oupv. Any advice would be great.
Unless things have changed since I did my 100T, and you have enough sea time, you can skip the OUPV and go directly to the 100 ton masters exam. If you do not have heavy enough tonnage in your sea time, the CG will put a tonnage limit (ex: 25 ton) on your license. This can be upgraded if you later get higher tonnage sea time.
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Take the masters test the same day as you take oupv much easier than waiting for another week. If it is still the same after 15 years since I took mine, only 25 more questions. You should get your towing endorsement the same time too. Only 5 questions. Good luck
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Thanks for all the advice! I really appreciate it. I spent like 6 hours tonight studying and practicing all of the plotting formulas. I'm starting to feel like I know the material well.

I'm not going to submit my paper work in till I have the 6pack,masters, and towing completed so I don't have to pay multiple fees for submitting it. I have tons of hours on my 26ft and my friends 44ft boats so ill qualify for sure for the masters sea time. I think that will be good for the 50ton then try and get the 100ton later. I can't wait to start looking for work thou I know it will be tuff.
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Do what the class instructor tells you . Just ask them . They are the pros and will give you the right direction . Do not overstudy other things only to overwork yourself . The best help I had was using the flash cards with a study partner .
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I used mariner learning systems. I felt well prepared. They have videos on their website showing you how to do the various plotting problems and calculations. I think if you continue to follow the coursework and study, you will do fine and find the test fair.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:50 AM
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Well I took my tests today and passed all 4. Studying the test questions for sure is the best trick. Thanks for the tips guys! Taking the master course Thursday-Sunday this week.
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