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Old 03-02-2015, 12:13   #16
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

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That must be in jest. A grade school calculation?
You'd be surprised how many students struggle with and miss that particular question.
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You'd be surprised how many students struggle with and miss that particular question.
That is sad.
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

I agree that the chapter reviews are good. Also, your instructor will help you understand the trickier points.
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Greetings All!
I'm prepping for my ASA 101/103/104 course and studying hard.

My question is: for those of you have recently (last year or two) taken the ASA exams, are the written exams very similar to the review questions/quizzes in the study books? Or, are the reviews in the books much more detailed and more thorough than the actual ASA exams?

I'll do well no matter what, as I'm studying hard....I'm just trying to gage the extent of the exams and ease my anxieties.

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Are you taking the courses and exams without the sailing class?


I took the classes mostly because I love to sail.


We, the class mates and I, did a study session with someone who had the exam in advance; and the instructor went over the questions that were difficult. They were a combination of the workbook questions, combinations of that/them; and information surrounding the information in the book that was on the sample questions in the workbook quizzes.


The navigation questions were the most practical and difficult, overall it was information found in the book on and off the subject of the quizzes, like and more compound than the quizzes, T and F . . . then that 20 page dissertation at the end . . . Whew! That lecto/recto was hard to do manually. But, when they dropped me onto that 60 foot schooner from the helicopter and I had to onehand my way home in the fog at 10 PM, I knew they were serious. But with the leech purchase, or was it the luff purchase . . . um. Better know what's in the book. 'Cuz, I'm still on the boat.
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

A: A schooner has both leech and luff purchases.
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

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You'd be surprised how many students struggle with and miss that particular question.
That's because they forget the other important non-stated variable
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

Does anyone know of anyone ever failing an ASA test? I studied like hell then found the tests pretty straight forward.
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

Other than 105 (Coastal Navigation), Ive only had a couple of students ever fail the other exams...ever...since 1994.

However, there are multiple versions of most of the exams just in case someone needs to re-test.
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No help here but I'll be doing the same in Nov....good luck, let us know how it goes
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

Wife and I were never sailors and we took the 101 through 104 series about six years ago. They were pretty easy if you paid attention during class. The 105 (navigation) required a little more attention to detail but still not so difficult that folks freaked out over it. Took the weather class (119) about a year ago and no one even bothered to take the test; way too much like drinking from the fire hose.

Met a couple of folks who took the 119 class just recently and there were some much braver folks in that one. About a half dozen folks took the test out of about a dozen students. High score was 33 correct out of 75; no passing grades at all

The theory was good but none of it beat any of the practice we did out on the water and owning your own boat is a different deal altogether
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Re: Who has taken the ASA 101/103/104 exams?

Ah yeah, 119, completed my instructor certification for that a few years ago...pretty intense. Dont think many schools are actually delivering the class.

The key to doing well on the 105 exam is working lots of practice problems, until each type of problem is second nature. I normally do a 1/2 day review session before the exam...it becomes obvious very quickly which students need more practice. The most common mistake students make is just reading and working a few problems till they get the concepts and thinking thats good enough...its not.
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