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Old 17 August 2012, 17:18   #11
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The theory level up to coastal Yachmaster comes in next year but examiners have been asked to already start merging it in this year.
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The increase in assumed theory knowledge for both the Advanced Course and the Advanced CoC comes in in September 2013.

I think it would be a bit harsh for examiners to starts examining something that is not currently in the syllabus and the letters I have received on this made no mention of anyone examining to this level before Septembre 2013.
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I think it would be a bit harsh for examiners to starts examining something that is not currently in the syllabus and the letters I have received on this made no mention of anyone examining to this level before Septembre 2013.
The theory question I have been asked by the examiner in February this year did not exactly match the day skipper syllabus. It was not much different from my yachtmaster exams.
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Surely its ok to ask a complex (yachtmaster) question and judge the answer on the 'level' that is needed. If someone gives the 'yachtmaster' level answer does it not show the examiner they have met the standard + some , if they give the 'required' level answer then that too is fine ?

As long as they dont penalise for a 'required' level answer to the 'yachmaster' question .......
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The theory question I have been asked by the examiner in February this year did not exactly match the day skipper syllabus. It was not much different from my yachtmaster exams.
Its a strange one as any candidate going along with an Advanced certificate to be commercially endorsed only needs the knolwedge level up to Day Skipper, not exatly a level playing field.
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The increase in assumed theory knowledge for both the Advanced Course and the Advanced CoC comes in in September 2013.

I think it would be a bit harsh for examiners to starts examining something that is not currently in the syllabus and the letters I have received on this made no mention of anyone examining to this level before Septembre 2013.
Hi Doug,

Sent you a pm with the source of the information. Rather reliable source. Totally agree its a bit harsh.
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Surely its ok to ask a complex (yachtmaster) question and judge the answer on the 'level' that is needed. If someone gives the 'yachtmaster' level answer does it not show the examiner they have met the standard + some , if they give the 'required' level answer then that too is fine ?

As long as they dont penalise for a 'required' level answer to the 'yachmaster' question .......
I haven't been asked or instructed to examine above day skipper which is assumed knowledge level, and I suggest it would be quite unfair to ask questions above that but accept answers in line with day skipper, nor to my knowledge have any other examiners. Steve Z
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I think that, as an examiner for other oral exams, you can ask the same question at different levels of certificate but what you are checking is that the level of the answer is correct for the certificate that is being examined.

This is also my experience from my work which has involved for the last 15 years preparing candidates for oral exams for many different levels ranging from RYA Ocean, Master (Code Vessel) <200gt, OOW (Yachts) <3000gt, OOW (Unlimited) ranging all the way up to Chief Mate/Master (unlimited).
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