I'm new here due to frustration and seeking advice. I have been in design for the past 8 yrs, currently a Level 2 and have passed the General Plans portion of Level 3 Water Based Layout. I have taken the Hydraulics test twice and failed both times. NICET claims that their test is based off of common design knowledge that one can obtain designing for more than 5 years, this couldn't be any further from the truth. First attempt was in March directly after General test and scored a 472 (500 to pass) and I couldn't believe how difficult (tricky) and confusing the test was. Through out the years I have taken several NFPA, NFSA and other state courses for additional education on topics. After I failed the test and saw how difficult it was I decided to enroll in Firetechs online course for additional education before attempting the test again. Now, what I did will probably not work for others, but I own my own inspection and design company so I took 3 weeks off to fully commit myself to learning. I personally think Firetech offers a great course and very beneficial, they get you digging in to the code where you normally might not spend much time. At the end of Firetechs course there are 3 practice exams that test your knowledge, I also purchased NICET's practice exam. I passed all 3 of these practice exams with the lowest score of 94%. NICET practice exam, I missed 1 question and didn't have to open the book, would tell anyone they are ready for the real deal. Took the test the second time in August and thought I was untouchable, brushed up on every area of the code and was ready to take the test with confidence, not quite, I scored 444. Called NICET to ask about their success ratio, he said it was below 20%. I also asked how I could only miss one question on his practice exam with out opening the book, and score a 444 on the real test, he had no answer. At this point I'm done, I'm not throwing any more money at this scheme called NICET. I have been through the forum looking for advice and saw where others have been too, but the only people who seem to have passed level 3 did not do so on the new CBT format. I have talked with 2 level 3 guys who help make up the questions for NICET, and no they did not share any information with me, I was only stating my frustration to them about how ridiculous the test was and both of them said they would not be able to pass the test if they had to take it. Figured I would share my story and perhaps get some helpful information as to how others have done with their level 3 CBT test.
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