Adding practice tests

Who has too little to do?
First I made scattergraphs for all 50 2Kyu exam questions
Then I thought – what would a practice test of section 1’s most used questions look like?
So, using the scattergraphs, I constructed that test and called it Practice Test 1.
Now each section of the Juku Yahoo group has mini essays for content, exercises for question data bases, and practice exams for experience.

Lang’s note August,’12

Bill I just checked JMRA and I passed! No score but my number shows up so all good. See you Saturday.
Lang

Danny’s 2 kyu experience Feb, 2013

Danny’s mail:

Bill,
Thank you very much for everything. The exam prep materials really worked out. The first section was a bit of a shocker with those 4 new questions, but the rest of the exam fell in line with your study guides. Your materials and support definitely made a difference. Heck, I wouldn’t have even found the site of the practical if you hadn’t been around!
See you soon at the marina.
Best regards,
Danny

Skipper Alex Oct, 2013

Comments from Alex:
I took my small boat license in October 2013 with the help from Bill. I studied all the questions exercises and could ask as many questions to Bill as I wanted. We even sat down having a cup of coffee after the practice run and went through some parts I thought where difficult. Great way to prepare for the test. I also spend time on the water with the actual boat from the exam. This is very nice way to get familiar with the boat and the tasks you have to do on the exam.
Just a small comment for your future students;

Practice the trouble shooting. For me it was the starter doesn’t work. What to do?

Practice Knotting

A final note:
After I docked and parked the boat I had to unmoor and get started again. You can choose forward or backward. This is also good time to practice “kick”.

Looking back the whole exam wasn’t that hard with the help from Bill.

Thanks again for all you efforts.

Study the questions first

Alex, from Tokyo, taking the 2 kyu in a Japanese school, pointed out an interesting approach. The theory of this approach was verified by a prominent reading professor here in Seoul yesterday
The point of the Japanese school is that the textbook (i.e., the mini essays) are actually backup references for the questions.
Your tasks, as learners, is to study the questions and, if confused, look at the textbook for clarification.
In the Japanese school, the students had a book of all possible test items to study. The instructor had a secondary list of the most popular items that had appeared on exams.
The Juku provides you with the similar list and, more frequently, a set of notes/solutions for the items with the questions. The mini essays are less relevant.
Good to know the Juku is the best bet…

2 Kyu Question 5: Captain’s responsibility

Notes on Question 5

Question 5 is a review of rules and responsibilities the skipper needs to observe mostly on the boat.  There are four general style categories of questions and each will offer a different set of challenges to the skipper.

Style    Questions
Inappropriate    1,  2,  3, 4
Illegal    5, 6
A/B format    7, 8
Appropriate    9

 

Random notes:

Consider the Captain as the chief executive on the vessel.

A captain is legally required to be aboard a small vessel when venturing out.

Common sense suggests a clear assignment of roles on board the vessel be made before the vessel departs from the dock.

If there are two or more license holders on board, it is important to decide who will take primary responsibility for the operations of the vessel.

Captains can be subject to social or legal court actions when they break the regulations. Criminal court actions can result in imprisonment, confinement, fine, or police fine. Civil (nautical) accident can result in compensation for damages.

2 Kyu Question 22

Three of six questions items found on past 2 kyu written exams for Question 22 are about  sound signals as recorded in the Navigation rules.  The other three question asks about distress signals.

You will want to know the intentions of the captain of a boat when he issues one, two, three, four or five blasts of his horn.whistle.

The chart below is of accepted distress signals.  One of the three question will ask you to identify, from a list, an acceptable signal.  The other two questions are of the ‘inappropriate’ type where you are asked to identify a signal which is not on the list.

Bottom line?  Be very familiar with all the appropriate signals…

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2 Kyu Question 43

The Juku tracks 23 2 kyu exams that have been used since April 2004. Item 43 on each exam was isolated and those which were identical were identified. They were grouped such that a 6 questions data base was developed.  All of the 6 questions in the Juku data base for question 43 have been used on 3 or 4 of the 23 exams on file.  Three of the remaining 5 items ask for an ‘inappropriate’ answer and 2 ask for an appropriate.

More importantly, all these questions relate to the warm up period before your practical exam.  Some of these items may be part of your practical exam.

  • After pre departure preparations are completed, a test of the operation is conducted to verify that all systems are normal during the idling operation. It also allows for warm-up of the engine. Set the throttle lever to the neutral position and turn on the ignition switch. If you have a gasoline-fueled engine, the engine start up is almost identical to starting you car.
  • Outboards do not have gauges. Oil is usually mixed with the gasoline in 2 cycle engines so there is no oil pressure. Water temperature is not measured but observation of the water relief port will verify that water is circulating through the engine.
  • When the water temperature gauge shows the temperature to be in the normal range, the warm up period is complete. Increase engine speed and verify gauges are normal. Check that the Navigation lights, horn, and bilge pump all work.
  • With inboard engine, check to see whether the color of the exhaust gas is normal or not.
  • Check the vibration and sound of the engine are normal or not.

2 Kyu Question 40

The Juku tracks 23 2 kyu exams that have been used since April 2004. Item 40 on each exam was isolated and those which were identical were identified. They were grouped such that a 6 questions data base was developed.  Five of the 6 questions in the Juku data base for question 40 have been used on 3 or 4 of the 23 exams on file.  One question, number 6 in the data base, has only been used once.

Three of the remaining 5 items ask for an ‘inappropriate’ answer and 2 ask for an appropriate.

More importantly, all these questions relate to the items that must be on board the boat for the safety check.  Further, those items will be part of your practical exam.

Prior to departing, complete a visual check of the following:

  • Exterior hull (look for problems and for marine growth, damage)
  • Mooring lines  (confirm all lines are present and in a satisfactory conditions)
  • Engine and steering controls   (confirm all controls function correctly and smoothly, check for lose or broken hardware)
  • Lights  (confirm all lights are in working order)
  • Confirm that all the installed and required equipment is onboard and functional.

Confirm that consumable stores (fuel, food, water are sufficient for the trip.  Confirm that correct charts covering the trip and the current weather information are onboard

2 Kyu Question 27

The Juku tracks 23 2 kyu exams that have been used since April 2004. Item 27 on each exam was isolated and those which were identical were identified. They were grouped such that a 5 questions data base was developed.  Four of the 5 questions in the Juku data base for question 27 have been used on 4 or 5 of the 23 exams on file.  One question, number 5 in the data base, has only been used twice.

One item in the Juku data base is based on an illustration (and that illustration was modified in the 4-13 exam).  Three of the remaining 4 items ask for a ‘correct‘ answer and one asks for an ‘inappropriate’ answer.

The first item in the data base, the illustrated one, requires the reader to identify the best position a boat can take when following in the wake of another power boat.  The other Four items, randomly used on 21 if the 23 exams, concern the behavior of a power boat during a turn.  Two of those four items focus on the correct action to take to avoid a floating object approaching the bow of the boat.   The other two items do not mention a floating object but the behavior of the boat is similar.